Despite significant progress in product development, procurement, and distribution in the past few decades, emergency contraception’s (EC) capacity to benefit many women in countries such as Nigeria is hampered by a number of potential barriers, that are not well understood. The Population Council, with support from the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, documented EC-related knowledge, attitudes, and practices among providers in Nigeria as well as perceptions of key opinion leaders who help shape the policy environment for EC and family planning in general. Findings suggest significant gaps in Nigeria, potentially necessitating continuous training and re-training to help dispel misperceptions and negative attitudes. In Nigeria, where much of the health infrastructure, facilities, and human resources are controlled by the government, the public sector must play a greater role in providing EC-supportive policies and practices, and in monitoring their implementation.
Ahonsi, Babatunde A. O. , Salisu Mohammed Ishaku, Araoyinbo Idowu, and Ayodeji Oginni. 2012. "Providers' and key opinion leaders' attitudes, beliefs, and practices regarding emergency contraception in Nigeria," Final survey report. New York: Population Council.
Revitalizing the Emergency Contraception Agenda
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