Gap between Supply and Demand for Contraceptive Services in Northeast Nigeria

Authored by: Katherine Gambir and Claire Eldred

Categories: Human Rights, Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Sexual and Reproductive Health
Country: Nigeria
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2020
Citation: Gambir, Katherine, and Claire Eldred. “Gap between Supply and Demand for Contraceptive Services in Northeast Nigeria.” The Women’s Refugee Commission, May 2020.

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Executive Summary

In June 2019, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) conducted a case study of contraceptive service delivery in Maiduguri and Jere Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Borno State in Northeast Nigeria. While multiple reports have documented the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls in Northeast Nigeria since the onset of violence in 2009 led by fundamentalist extremists, this case study is the first to focus specifically on contraceptive service delivery and post-abortion care (PAC) in this region. It documents the important work that humanitarian actors, the government of Nigeria, and other stakeholders are undertaking to provide contraceptive services to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities. It highlights challenges, documents how some of these challenges were addressed, and presents recommendations.