Over 1.3 million unintended pregnancies occur annually in Nigeria. Well over half (760,000) of these pregnancies result in an unsafe abortion. Fifty-four percent of young women in Nigeria give birth by age 16 without regular access to quality reproductive / maternal health services i.e. Ante-natal classes. So far maternal mortality estimate for Nigeria suggests that 145 women die each day due to pregnancy-related complications. The risk of injury and death from pregnancy-related complications is higher among teenaged mothers because they are more likely to experience an unsafe abortion and because they experience a higher risk of complications at birth due to underdeveloped bodies. Experts believe that unsafe abortion accounts for up to 40% of maternal deaths in Nigeria
Young Nigerian women are almost three times as likely to be infected with HIV as young Nigerian men – 2.3 percent of young women are HIV positive, compared to 0.8 percent of young men. In a national health survey, 62 percent of young women indicated that they had no knowledge of STIs. Forty-three percent of young men said that had no knowledge of STI.
Evidence shows that comprehensive sexuality education that is locally contextualized, age appropriate, gender-sensitive and life skills-based can provide young people with the knowledge, skills and self-efficacy to make informed (SRHR) decisions about their sexuality and lifestyle. CSE can effectively delay sex among young people and increase condom and overall contraceptive use among the sexual active youth. Despite recognition that poverty is an important factor in risky sexual behaviour, programmes addressing sexuality in Barracks are quite experimental or incidental. Yet results from recent studies are promising.
Majority of these young people are found in a cluster of barrack communities where rapes, unplanned pregnancy, unsafe abortions, STIs, false sharing of knowledge on RH are known to be very high.
IPAS-Nigeria engages women and men in their communities to expand their knowledge of reproductive health and rights.
Traffina Foundation with support from IPAS-Nigeria conducted a 1 day interactive seminar targeting young people living in Barrack communities were many parents live outside home or on regular posting to war camps with little or no attention paid to the young ones during early reproductive life or stage.
One hundred and ten young people living at police barrack phase 1 Gwagwalada including some parents gained more knowledge on reproductive health , access, rights and services.