Lafiya Nigeria focuses on widening access to the self-injectable method of contraception called DMPA-SC (‘Sayana Press’) in rural regions of northern Nigeria. The pilot phase will operate in Jigawa state in partnership with Nana Girls and Women Empowerment Initiative and RUWEMAH. Lafiya will procure contraceptives from DKT International before the pilot and they will be distributed on a local level by graduates of the Women4Health (W4H) programme, who are female Community Health Workers (CHWs) living in rural northern Nigeria.
Universal access to safe and voluntary family planning is estimated to decrease child death by 20% and maternal death by 25% and has been recognized as a human right. However, over 222 million women in the developing world cannot exercise this right; in sub-Saharan Africa, this figure is 24% for women who are married or in union. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the main reason for the deaths of adolescent girls (aged 15-19), which is especially prominent in Nigeria due constrained medical settings.
Since the launch of our pilot programme in January, at a cost of just $3 per dose of contraception, we have matched the Jigawa State Government's distribution size with just our pilot. As the government is the area’s largest provider of contraceptives, we are confident that our model will scale. This is cost-effective because the contraceptive we use is self-injectable and effective for three months. More than 80% of the women we target are those amongst the highest unmet need, with no other means of accessing contraception. We are now on track to impacting 2400 women with the next phase of our pilot.