Young women in developing countries, one of which is Nigeria, are vulnerable to early pregnancy and unsafe abortion because of myriad social and cultural factors that are often beyond their control. Many are based on the inequitable status afforded women because of their gender. In recognition of this, Action Health Incorporated (AHI), in conjunction with the International Project Assistance Services (IPAS), organized a week-long training for health providers from four South Western states of Nigeria (Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Oyo). The training, themed “Increasing the Capacity of Health Providers on Teenage Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion”, was held at the Conference Room at AHI between November 19 and 23, 2007.
Highlights of the training were lectures on topics as: Introduction to Human Sexuality, Overview of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Nigeria, Values Clarification, Principles of Adolescent Youth Friendly Health Services (AYFHS), Legal and Confidentiality Issues in Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health, STIs, HIV and AIDS, Teenage Pregnancy/ Pregnancy Options Counseling, Contraception, Sexual Abuse and Finding Help, An Overview of Unsafe Abortion in Nigeria, etc. Besides the session “Legal and Confidentiality Issues in Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health”, which was facilitated by Prof. Ayo Atensenuwa from UNILAG, all other sessions were facilitated by seasoned members of staff of AHI and the AHI training coordinator, Dr. Adebunmi Odiakosa.
The training ended on a successful note judging from the level of improvement as evaluated from the high level of disparity between the pre-test and post-test assessment scores. A total of 18 participants attended the training.