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.
Life Planning for Adolescents and Youths (LPAY)
LPAY advocacy focused on creating a supportive environment for the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young people. Encouraging meaningful participation of adolescents and young people was key to ensuring that their needs and views were considered. NURHI 2 trained LPAY ambassadors on the basics of reproductive health and family planning, how to speak publicly, and on developing advocacy strategies.
LPAY advocacy focused on improving government commitment, policies, and sustained funding for improved access to reproductive health information and services by adolescents and youth. NURHI 2 also promoted support nationally and in each of the three implementation states for adolescent and youth reproductive health services and information among leaders, the media, and key stakeholders.
Briefs and fact sheets on life planning for adolescents and youth in Kaduna, Lagos and Oyo States addressed the unique needs of this population. These tools highlighted the current situation, challenges, expected benefits and required actions by decision makers.
NURHI 2 worked with the State Technical Working Groups on Adolescent and Youth Health Development and Advocacy Core Groups to prepare Influence Network Maps. These maps helped clarify their view of the situation, foster discussion, and develop strategic approaches for networking activities.
Inter-generational dialogue was a strategy employed by NURHI to break socio-cultural barriers to adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health, including family planning. Dialogues brought together leaders of advocacy core groups, LPAY ambassadors, young people, parents, religious leaders and media representatives to discuss the unique reproductive health and family planning needs of adolescents and youth.