About Nigerian Urban reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI)
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The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) is a five year (2009 â€2014) project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to increase the use of modern family planning (FP) methods among the urban poor in the six cities of Abuja FCT, Ibadan, Kaduna, Ilorin, Benin City, and Zaria by at least 20 percentage points. NURHI is part of a broader Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (other sites include India, Kenya, and Senegal). NURHI is implemented by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (JHUâˆ™CCP), in partnership with the Association for Reproductive and Family Health and Center for Communication Programs Nigeria.
Nigerian women have an average of six children over the course of their lifetime and the national population - already the largest in Africa - is expected to double within 25 years. Poor access to and under-utilization of modern family planning methods contributes to high death rates among mothers and children across the country.
NURHI assists national, state and local government and private health services to expand access to and demand for modern family planning. The project works through four key approaches:
Strengthening Service Delivery: NURHI works with networks of private and public sector health services to improve the quality and availability of a full range of family planning methods. Read More...
Generating Demand for FP Services: The "Get it Together” campaign utilizes entertainment education radio programs and harnesses the reach of radio and television with the power of face-to-face communication through a network of 375 Social Mobilizers to drive modern family planning use. Read More...
Advocating for Support: NURHI works with partners at national, state, city, and community levels to leverage greater support for the family planning program. Read More...
Research, Monitoring and Evaluation: NURHI strategies and approaches are research and monitoring data driven. Read More...
As of 2012, NURHI has contributed to government commitment to increase funding for family planning. Also, midline survey results indicate that more people are using family planning services since the baseline.
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