NURHI Phase 1 (2009 – 2015)
Phase 1 of NURHI was implemented in six cities (Federal Capital Territory, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kaduna, Benin and Zaria). According to the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, it contributed to significant increases in contraceptive prevalence in these cities.
NURHI 2 employed results-oriented advocacy to create a supportive environment for family planning nationally and in Lagos, Kaduna and Oyo States. Its advocacy strategy primarily focused on three key challenges to family planning use:
1.Underfunding and poor accountability for family planning programming;
2.Communication gaps among the public and their leaders; and
3.Negative perceptions and opposition to family planning among the public and their leaders.
At the national level, NURHI 2 liaised with and contributed to goals set by the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning, the Federal Ministry of Health and family planning partners and donors. At state and local government levels, NURHI 2 formed and partnered with Advocacy Core Groups, Interfaith Forums, and Media Advocacy Forums to promote implementation of family-planning friendly policies and the release of budgets that support family planning provision. These sustainable advocacy groups developed State-specific advocacy objectives and built widespread support for family planning among policy makers, religious and traditional leaders, and the media.