Welcome To Center for Population and Reproductive Health

The Center for Population and Reproductive Health, founded in 2002, is making phenomenal contributions to research, education and leadership in the area of capacity building and development of the critical mass to champion the course of population activities and reproductive health issues. The Center is a collaborative effort of Bill and Melinda Institute for Population Reproductive Health, and College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

The CPRH is a national response in the efforts to build leadership skills, strengthening national capacity in transferring relevant knowledge and program innovations as well as conducting research with community benefits.

Programme Rationale

In recent years, the significance of population and reproductive health issues has been increasingly recognized by international and bilateral communities. In the year 1997, International Conference on Population and Development Programme of action set an agenda for member states.

The regional priority within the agenda is to ensure that in the next twenty years, all people of the region should enjoy an improved quality of life through a significant education of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections including mother to child transmission of HIV, and through elimination of harmful practices and sexual violence.

Nigeria in a response to meet the regional agenda as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) revised the National Policy on Population. The policy which seeks for reduction in population growth and increased standard of living also emphasized dearth of appropriate and relevant human resource and leadership at all levels of programme management. Also, stakeholders have noted successful organizational policy implementation could only be achieved through the capacity building of the critical mass to champion the course of population and reproductive health issues. This informed the decision to run the flagship programme.

It is the goal of the Center which evolved as an attempt to meet the above challenges aims at attaining the status of a premier programme in Nigeria. The programme with current intake of 120 students is recognized by the Federal Ministry of Health, United Nations Fund for Population Activities, International and Bilateral Institution. The programme consists of three to four semesters and is conducted on a course pattern spread over a period of eighteen to twenty-four months.

MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR

The Center for Population and reproductive Health University of Ibadan is committed to ensuring the dividend of family planning permeates all facets of human endeavours and this why as an institution, we are very excited about the new policy of the Federal Government on FP and other commitments she made to Nigeria at ensuring its realization. One of the social responsibilities of the center is to use available best evidence to show case policy and programmatic interventions that will drive Nigeria into an enviable position among the committee of Nations. Apart from the several technical supports that we have offered to promote Population and Reproductive Health related issues at various level of government in Nigeria; we strongly believe that advocacy should be the driver of the process. This is why our routine CPRH newsletter focuses on critical and topical issues either at the global, national or local level with a view to appraise various perspectives and draw lessons to map the best direction for a realistic and sustainable policy and program.

In recent past, Family planning as controversial as it sounded in various settings is now in the front burner and is beginning to compete with other global agenda programs such as HIV and Malaria. This attention is making the players at various levels to strategize on the best way to set the tone for discussion, declaration, support and commitment. One of such is the London Summit where the Lancet Edition is going to be launched. We believe that the momentum generated will create a Tsunami for FP support in all developing countries!

It is based on this believe of CPRH that we have dedicated this edition of our Newsletter to Family planning issues focusing more on the Nigerian contextual challenges and solutions. The tripartite issues discussed are peculiar to developing countries and we hope other countries will learn from it. I hope our readers will enjoy every bit of this humble contribution. According to the UNFPA director Babatunde Osotimehin, “Let FP be like oxygen” so that we can all live a healthier life.