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Nigeria currently occupies the top position of the most populated countries in Africa and is seventh in the world with about 175million people. (The above figure is according to estimates in 2013 – National Family Planning scale –up plan). Figures from the last census conducted in 2006 show that the country had 140million people, this is a great asset if put into proper use. The 2006 census also revealed that about 44.1million people in the country were women of child bearing age. However, the rising birth rates in the country currently at 41 percent , if left unchecked will lead to a demographic crisis with effects on the socioeconomic situation of the country.
The way to go to avoid such crisis is taking up Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RH/FP) advocacy and programme implementation. This is because over the years, evidence gathered from research findings has shown that investment in Reproductive Health/Family Planning has enormous benefits on individual families and the country as a whole. These benefits which are far cheaper than the cost of managing a socioeconomic crisis caused by an over bloated population necessitated the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) in collaboration with development partners to swing into action in this regard through the procurement of RH/FP commodities.
Issues of RH/FP in Nigeria fall under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Health. It is the MDA with the mandate of developing and implementing policies as well as programmes aimed at delivering effective, efficient, quality and affordable health services. At the helms of affairs in the Ministry is a Minister (and in recent times; a minister of state) who are appointed by the President and assisted by a Permanent Secretary who is usually a career civil servant. For effective and efficient functionality, there are departments that specialize in different health aspects within the Ministry. These departments include; Family Health (responsible for creating awareness on reproductive, maternal neonatal and child health, care for the elderly and adolescents – this is where issues of RH/FP are handled), Public Health, Planning Research and Statistics, Hospital Services, Food and Drugs Services. All these departments work in collaboration with other health related agencies such as the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), , National agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), etc. ensuring that the ministry achieves her mandate. In 2014, the total health budget was N264, 461, 210, 950 with N208, 543, 188, 775 for personnel; N6, 400, 641, 451 for overheads putting the total recurrent expenditure at N214, 943, 830, 225. The capital budget was N49, 517, 380, 725.