NIGERIA: NGO Restates Commitment to Reproductive Health

The International Centre for the Advancement of Reproductive Health (CIFARH) has restated its commitment to the promotion of reproductive and sexual health rights in Nigeria.

Prof. Innocent Ujah, the Executive Director of the NGO, made this known Tuesday in Abuja. He said that promoting health in Nigeria would be achieved through selfless services, training, advocacy,and research.

Ujah said they were concerned about elimination of harmful traditional practices (HTPS) including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

He said that FGM was a traditional practice that violated the rights of children and women.

“We fight against FGM because it is a violation of human rights, it increases bleeding and could lead to death,

“It increases the chances of getting HIV/AIDS because of the multiple use of circumcising materials especially in the traditional society,Ujah said, He decried the belief that multilation of the genital would curtail the libido of a woman thereby making her not to be wayward.

Ujah also said that (CIFARM) focused on the areas of safe motherhood, family planning, adolescent reproductive health and rights. He listed others areas of interest to include STDs, promotion of pain free, safe and affordable malecircumcision for HIV/AIDS prevention. He said that priority was being given to the northern part of Nigeria because of its peculiar health challenges.

SOURCE: The Tide Online

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DATE: 12/05/2008

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