PMC began working in Nigeria in 2006. Nigeria is currently the 7th most populous country in the world and with a present annual growth rate of 2.43 percent, its population will double in 29 years if left unchanged.
PMC’s Nigeria radio programs have proven to be exceptionally popular, with programs like Gugar Goge (“Tell It To Me Straight”) and Ruwan Dare (“Midnight Rain”) attracting a devoted audience that tuned in at least once a week and encouraging conversation about important health and human rights issues. For instance, 96% of female listeners of Gugar Goge knew of a place where they could get condoms compared to 64.4% of non-listeners. PMC has also recently produced four more radio dramas in Nigeria: Jangala (“Song of Life”) and A Dade Ana Yi (“Truth Always Prevails”) in 2016-2017, and Tafigawalo (“Working Towards Change”) and Hannunka Mai Sanda (“Power In Your Hands”) in 2013-2014.
Population Media Center has worked in Nigeria to change the attitudes and behaviors that lead to population growth, the subjugation of women and girls, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Preventable diseases remain a challenge in Nigeria. While the percentage of the population living with HIV/AIDS is low compared to other African countries, Nigeria has the highest death rate in the world from HIV/AIDS and second largest number of people with HIV/AIDS due to its large population. Child mortality also remains high due to malaria, vaccine-preventable diseases, diarrhea and respiratory infections. Population Institute has ranked Nigeria the 17th most vulnerable state in their 2015 Demographic Vulnerability Report
Women’s rights and health also pose challenges. Only 43% of women obtain a secondary education. Nigeria has a high maternal mortality rate (630 deaths per 100,000 live births) and UNFPA estimates that 100,000 to 1 million women suffer from obstetric fistula.