Nigeria has set a target to achieve a modern contraceptive rate of 27% among all women by 2020—down from a previous target of 36% by 2018 set at a previous FP summit in London.

Health minister Isaac Adewole also pledged Nigeria would increase its annual allocation for contraceptives to $4 million.

The increase means a total of $56 million could be disbursed to states through the Global Financing Facility and through international development assistance loans.

Nigeria has up to 3.8 million married and sexually active adolescents ages 15 to 19. Nineteen out of every 100 hundred want to use some form of contraception but can’t get it.

The increased funding means an additional 584,000 adolescent girls could get access to modern contraception by 2020, according to estimates, and reduce adolescent birth rate by 14%.

Among pledges, Nigeria will remove regulatory barriers and scale up access to new contraceptive methods such Sayana Press.

It will also increase to 20,000 the number of health facilities providing family planning services nationwide and use its 10,000 primary health centres to raise awareness about family planning.

To address financial barriers, the government will collaborate with states, donors and other stakeholders on a health insurance scheme to make household family planning expenditures reimbursable.

The pledges came at the FP2020 Summit in London, where more than 60 governments and partners have committed to spend at least $2.5 billion by 2020.

More than half of the funding announced at the summit was committed by countries in Asia and Africa.

The Family Planning Summit is co-hosted by the UK Government, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in close partnership with the Family Planning 2020 Secretariat (FP2020).

Minister of Health Isaac Adewole

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