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Nigeria Family Planning Conference 2012

Improving access to family planning services deemed important for national development

Posted December 10, 2012

Image of HPP staff participating at the Nigeria Family Planning Conference. Photo by Health Policy Project.
Health Policy Project staff at the conference, from left to right: Aliyu Aminu Ahmed, Amaka Osuala, Antonia Osubor, Don Dickerson, and Karen Hardee.

ABUJA, Nigeria—On November 27-December 1, 2012, the 2nd National Family Planning Conference was held in Abuja, Nigeria. More than 600 participants from all of Nigeria’s states participated in the conference, which was centered on the relationship between population and national development, and underscored the importance of improving access to family planning information and services nationwide. Many discussions also focused on meeting the Millennium Development Goals and following through on Nigeria’s commitment to achieving milestones outlined at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning.

The Health Policy Project (HPP) was actively involved in planning and supporting the conference, alongside international donors and other family planning organizations working in Nigeria. HPP also made several presentations during the meeting, including a key session on the RAPID Nigeria model. RAPID, which stands for Resources for the Awareness of Population Impacts on Development, is a computer model that projects the social and economic consequences of rapid population growth for such sectors as labor, education, health, urbanization, and agriculture. The presentation in Abuja used projections from the RAPID software tool to highlight the impact of Nigeria’s population growth on development, including its ability to provide education, health, and nutrition to citizens.

For more information about the 2nd National Family Planning Conference in Nigeria, please visit the conference website.

HPP Presentations

Nigeria RAPID Population and Development: How Fertility Affects Development
This presentation uses RAPID projections to highlight the impact of Nigeria’s population growth on national development and its ability to provide education, health, and nutrition to all its citizens. Includes downloadable brief, presentation, and poster.

Demographic Dividend: A Window of Opportunity for the Next Generation 
The demographic dividend is an important opportunity for economic development that arises through population change. As fertility rates fall and the share of working-age adults rises, the dividend can boost economic growth and productivity, raising incomes and allowing families and governments to invest more in the health, education, and well-being of future generations.

Learn more about Health Policy Project activities in Nigeria

Learn more about the RAPID computer model

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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