In West Africa, Myths and Misinformation Block Use of Contraception

November 5, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Stigma deters young people from accessing contraception in Nigeria
Many young people have limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, making it hard for them to access family planning and HIV services.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraception. This puts them at greater risk of unplanned pregnancies and potentially HIV.
Ahead of the International Conference on Family Planning (9-12 Nov), in Bali, organisations such as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, are calling for greater integration of sexual and reproductive health and HIV services. Lucy Stackpool-Moore, the Alliance’s senior advisor on sexual and reproductive health, said: “Integration of services can increase the range of services provided to and taken up by communities, especially young people, saving time and money in settings where resources are particularly limited. Most importantly, it can play a role in expanding access to services that allow people to choose if, when and how they want to plan to have a family.”

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