Country Director, Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION), Effiom Nyong, says 19 per cent of Nigerian youths under 25 years accessed one modern Family Planning (FP) method or the other in 2017.
Effiom said this Abuja on Friday that five per cent of this youth were between 15 and 19 years.
With support from its donor partners DFID, USAID, UNFPA, Chanel Foundation, FP 2020 and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said the organisation also provided quality contraceptive services in 2017 to 16 per cent of individuals living in extreme poverty in parts of the country, vulnerable women, girls and adolescents.
“Only 24 per cent of women in the country of reproductive age use a modern contraceptive method and 24 per cent will like to use one form of this method but are unable to access them.
“Our efforts and results show the huge demand that exists and the impact that can be achieved with the right approach and resources.
“We at MSION will continue to work with the Federal Government and other partners to achieve the goal of increasing access to family planning services in the country.”
Offiom said that in 2017, the organisation provided 1,356,000 women in the country with high quality contraceptive services, noting that this is the highest number it had ever reached in Nigeria.
He said that the services it provided helped to avert child and maternal deaths, 10,000 unsafe abortion, unintended pregnancies and saved the nation about 12 million pounds.
The country director said that the organisation was committed to supporting the Federal Government achieve the target of increasing contraceptive prevalence rate to 27 per cent by 2020.