Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria
Grants to Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria
2010 (Duration 5 years, 7 months)
Population & Reproductive Health
ABUJA, NIGERIA — Established in the 1950s, Planned Parenthood Foundation of Nigeria (PPFN) is a non-governmental organization that promotes family planning and young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Nigeria. A previous award to PPFN (implemented in collaboration with MIT’s Poverty Action Lab) aimed to promote positive health seeking behaviour, optimal pregnancy care including antenatal care attendance, birth preparedness and reduction of harmful practices in maternal and child health. As lead partner, PPFN distributed clean birth kits and, using community resource persons (CORPs), trained pregnant women on the use. It further sensitised local media officials on maternal mortality challenges and need for greater media attention. MIT’s Poverty Lab, on the other hand, conducted randomized controlled trial of the interventions to ascertain impact. Early results suggest that pregnant women and young people in the participating communities are better informed, are changing their reproductive behaviour patterns, and can seek and access life-saving interventions. This renewal allows PPFN to expand its home visitation services (using the CORPs) and community sensitisation and mobilisation. The project contributes to positive health behaviour among pregnant women and maternal health outcomes in Jigawa which will lead to reduction in maternal mortality burden in Nigeria.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria $1,200,000 between 1978 and 2016.