On 1 February, 2018 the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) hosted a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria with various stakeholders in the region, including the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH). The aim of this meeting is to share recent achievements and explore next steps for EC in Nigeria.
ICEC has been working in Nigeria with multiple partners since 2010 to increase access to EC, with a strategic approach focused on the policy, service delivery, awareness, provider, and community levels. Under the current grant starting in 2014, ICEC advocated for EC to be included into Nigeria’s Essential Medicine List and provided technical assistance as Nigeria drafted their first-ever National Guidelines for Emergency Contraception.
Over the past year, there have been numerous activities by all partners to continue work in supporting these guidelines. Products that came out of this range from: client communications around EC, pharmacy detailing materials, and EC storylines inserted into radio dramas. These materials will be disseminated as we convene the FP/RH community to determine next steps for EC in Nigeria.