The World Health Organization reports that one-quarter of the world’s population comprises young people between 10 – 24 years. In Nigeria, adolescents and young people make up 31% of the entire population. NURHI reports indicated that about one-quarter of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active, with sexual debut ranging from 10-15 years.
Let’s look at Grace’s story (real name withheld). At 17, Grace got admission to the great University of Lagos to study Medicine & Surgery. Grace was excited to move with her Uncle in Lagos, away from her parents, because she heard Lagos was fun. Uncle Gbade, a single working-class man who lived in a rented apartment, was happy to receive Grace. However, two weeks upon arrival, the COVID-19 lockdown was announced, and Grace and Uncle Gbade were locked in the apartment.
An Independent Working Group (IWG) formed by HACEY Health Initiative has visited the Ondo state Ministry of Health to discuss ways to improve youth’s access to sexual and reproductive health information.
HACEY Health Initiative, a leading development organisation focused on improving the health and productivity of the vulnerable and under-served population in Africa formed the group and tasked them with the role of advocating for improved access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information and services for young people.
There are many myths surrounding the use of emergency contraceptives, and the question of what it is and when to use it is just a fraction of the controversy surrounding this arguably new practice.
Emergency contraceptives are methods of preventing pregnancy after the act of unprotected sexual intercourse. It does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. This article breaks down some myths about emergency contraception.
Whether a married woman with four children, an unmarried youth or an adolescent, access to contraceptives should be easy and without judgement. The Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS 2018) report states that 35% of adolescent females &10% of adolescent males, and 86% of female youths & 47% of male youths are sexually active.
Young people's Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) is an integral part of their total wellbeing, as such, it needs to...