NURHI Phase 1 (2009 – 2015)
Phase 1 of NURHI was implemented in sex cities(Federal Capital Territory, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kaduna, Benin and Zaria).It significantly contributed to increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate in these cities as indicated by the 2013 National Demographic Health Survey.
Life Planning for Adolescents and Youth (LPAY)
In 2017, NURHI 2 conducted an impact analysis to determine how the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) affected adolescents and youth in its implementation cities between 2009 and 2014. The results of that analysis were impressive, showing that NURHI 1 interventions had positive effects and created a slight shift in awareness and use of family planning methods among young people. Drawing on lessons from NURHI 1, NURHI 2 integrated a deliberate and innovative focus on Life Planning for Adolescents and Youth (LPAY) aged 15 – 24 years to its ongoing activities in Kaduna, Lagos and Oyo States.
The LPAY Strategy addressed challenges faced by young people when trying to access reproductive health services including contraception, proactively considered the impact of interventions on young people, and tailored interventions to have a deeper impact and wider spread among youth in Kaduna, Lagos and Oyo. Interventions were designed to be scalable to other states, including those supported by the The Challenge Initiative (TCI) Nigeria hub.
The Life Planning for Adolescent Youth (LPAY) implementation framework integrated the unique life planning needs of young people into NURHI’s interlocking and mutually dependent approaches of advocacy, demand generation and service delivery. It also built agency among young people so that they can make positive life choices.
Meaningful Youth Engagement
NURHI 2 engaged young people throughout the project life cycle (research, project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) to layer on their unique life planning needs. These included engaging young people during formative research and strategy design, providing them with meaningful roles as well as mentorship. This youth-led and focused integrated intervention addressed challenges facing young people’s access to contraception while increasing demand for reproductive health knowledge and services among young people. This approach serves as a guide for the government and stakeholders at all levels to ensure meaningful youth engagement.