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NURHI Overview

The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) II is a five-year project, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with the vision to eliminate supply and demand barriers to contraceptive use and make family planning a social norm in Nigeria.

In Phase I (2009-2014) NURHI operated in six cities (FCT, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kaduna, Benin and Zaria) and significantly contributed to the increase in family planning contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) in these cities, which can be seen in the 2013 National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS).  To read more about Phase I of the NURHI Project, Click here

Phase II of the NURHI Project, which commenced in October 2015, is being implemented in three States: five years (2015-2020) in Lagos and Kaduna States, and three years (2015-2018) in Oyo State. The NURHI II Project is built on the premise that demand for family planning is a requirement for increased contraceptive use therefore increasing demand, which will cause improvement in contraceptive service provision.

NURHI II aims to accomplish the vision of increased CPR in family planning in its implementation States through a positive shift in family planning social norms, at the structural, service and community levels.  Four themes will support and reinforce proven models in family planning services, and create new activities where necessary.

  • Create a supportive environment:
    Through advocacy, NURHI II will enhance dialogue among community leaders and stakeholders to influence policy decisions on family planning in Nigeria. Read More...
  • Improve quality of services and access to family planning:
    By improving the service environments of clinics, training providers, and developing and disseminating necessary tools, the project will create a more holistic service delivery system for family planning. Read More...
  • Generate demand through fun and innovative ways:
    The use of an integrated communication strategy that uses social mobilization, campaigns and education through entertainment will be implemented to increase demand for family planning by women and men of all ages. Read More...
  • Monitor success and update approaches:
    Through research and continuous monitoring, the NURHI project will drive its approaches and make adjustments as necessary to ensure that the vision of increased CPR is achieved. Read More...