Mr Effiom Effiom, the Country Director of Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), says the organisation reached seven million women with family planning services in 10 years in Nigeria.
He made this known in Abuja at a gala night on Thursday to mark the organisation’s 10th anniversary in the country.
With her headquarters in London, MSION is part of the Marie Stopes International Global Partnership, a social enterprise which operates in more than 37 countries across the globe, providing contraception and safe abortion services.
Its mission is to ensure that families and women have children by choice, not by chance.
Effiom said “MSION has grown in leaps and bounds, with more than 29 million family planning services delivered to 7,239,147 persons in Nigeria as a result of the organisation’s health system strengthening efforts in the public and private health sectors.”
He added that the organisation, operating in 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, trained more than 6000 public healthcare providers and 750 private healthcare providers in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information and commodities.
He added that the organisation operates a toll-free hotline contact centre to provide SRH information, counselling and referrals as part of its continuum care.
he contact numbers are 0800-00-22252 (toll-free ), 22252 (charges apply) and 0908-00-22252 for WhatsApp/SMS .
The country director said that the anniversary was intended to mark critical milestones in providing SRH, including family planning and child spacing to Nigeria’s high unmet need.
He noted that the anniversary would be used to promote their unique services, products and brand and also stated that their mission is to ensure that families and women have children by choice, not chance.