Chukwudera Bridget Okeke
Bridget through her advocates has led to increased demand for family planning among adolescent and young people in Apir community of Benue State Nigeria. On monthly bases a total of 60 women demand for Family planning services in the federal medical centre of Benue State. Also build the capacity 20 religious and traditional leaders as advocates for family planning in Apir community of Benue State Nigeria, this is done through comprehensive community education on modern family planning methods thereby changing their perceptions from understanding of family planning as ‘birth control’ to a question of the health of the mother and a matter of human development. For example, traditional and religious leaders place family planning at the centre of their speeches.
A relation of mine who lives in rural community that gave birth in 2009 with C-section , got pregnant after 7 months of delivery and she died as a result of complications at 6 months of pregnant. If she has taken contraceptives she would not have gotten pregnant , let alone of loosen her life. After this incident in my community two women got divorced by their husband as a result of denying him sexual intercourse 3 months after delivery. I took it as a challenge to say no to maternal mortality
A number of men refuse to practice FP because of religious beliefs, since they see it as an artificial birth control measure and not in conformity with their religious beliefs. In order to tackle this issues, I built the capacity of traditional leaders, religious leaders and key influences in my community on the need of family planning, provided them with comprehensive community education on modern family planning methods thereby changing their perceptions from understanding of family planning
One of the biggest challenge of Family planning in Nigeria is the ability of Government to increase government commitment for components of FP programme by allocation of more resources. Also for government to release money for provision of supply and consumable and for the money to be release as time due. Another challenge is ability to create awareness on important of family planning in rural communities through TV, local radio stations and build the capacity of health care workers
Advocate for increased in government commitment on family planning programme, through ensuring that the government set up a basket fund for family planning programme and allocation of more resources in the budget for family planning services and commodities. Also increased women uptake of family planning services in rural communities. Strengthen the capacity of 10,000 health care workers in rural communities on modern family planning method.