International Conference on Family Planning 2009

Family Planning: Research and Best Practices

Voices from the Frontlines: Call It “Healthy Timing”

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Adebusola Abidemi Salako is the Federal Minister of Health in Nigeria and works on family planning, reproductive health and family health issues.

“Now, we can say that the state of family planning in Nigeria is having a brighter look. Now acceptance is increasing, both among men and women, and even religious leaders. It all depends on the language you use, how you call it. In traditional parts of the country, we call it ‘healthy timing,’ or ‘childbirth spacing.’ ‘Family planning’ is not a good way to call it in those places. It is very important to change your language to suit the culture. … We need to get men involved not only in family planning, but in total reproductive health for the couple. When men are involved, the whole family benefits, and the country benefits.”

Written by C. Grillo | JHSPH

November 18, 2009 at 12:09 am

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