Niger: more women at risk of dying of pregnancy complications due to poor family planning – Experts
Reproductive health actors in Niger state have raised concerns about insufficient funding for family planning and severe funding shortages for advocacy for child spacing amid the COVID-pandemic response. 19 in the state.
Experts say more women are at risk of losing their lives due to complications related to reproductive health and pregnancy.
This was contained in a statement released by the group over the weekend and signed by the Center for Communication and Reproductive Health (CCRHS) project director Dr Aliyu Yabagi Shehu.
They alleged that the state government has released less than 10% of the hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked for family planning in the state over the past five years.
“From 2015 to 2020, around 250 million naira was allocated in the state budget for family planning, but only 17.5 million naira was released, or only 7%.
Expressing concern after a meeting of the technical working group on birth spacing and adolescent and adolescent reproductive health in the state, the group said if nothing was done to address the issue , the state may not meet the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) target. 25 percent by 2020.
“For the State of Niger to collect positive health indicators, it is necessary to do more for the population in terms of increasing funding and access to family planning services and reducing inequalities in the health system. health, ”they said.
They lamented that the accumulation of the budget for family planning with the budget of other programs in the health budget of the State of Niger has led to inadequate releases of funds for family planning, arguing that, “this has increased the chances of complications and death among women of reproductive age in the state. . ”
The press release also reminded the government of its commitment in 2017 to increase the state’s CPR from 6% to 25%, insisting that the contraceptive prevalence rate is the determining factor for women dying of health consequences. reproductive and pregnancy complications.
Experts also called on the state government to show more commitment to tackle growing population growth and reduce the risk of obstetric complications in women.