Nigeria needs 564 million additional condoms for adequate coverage – Report

A new report has shown that additional 564 million condoms are needed annually if Nigeria is to cover 90 per cent of its adult population.

The report, based on a survey, is titled ‘Condom accessibility and use in Nigeria’ and produced by NOIpolls, in partnership with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and AIDS HealthCare Foundation (AHF).

The report was released to mark the International Condom Day (ICD), which is observed annually on February 13 through Valentine’s Day, February 14, to promote safer sex awareness, by encouraging people to use condoms.

In a statement made available to Premium Times on Saturday, the Program Manager of AHF, Taofeek Adeleye, said a total of 1.15 billion condoms will help the country to achieve 90 per cent coverage.

He, however, said only 587million condoms are currently available for use in the country.

“The gap between current condom use (587million) and total need (1.15 billion) to achieve ninety per cent coverage is 564 million condoms annually,” he said.

“The condom gap shows disparity across the target populations. FSW has the lowest (10 per cent) unmet needs with improvement among MSM (57 per cent) and individuals with multiple partners (55 per cent) Sero-discordant couples record the widest gap of 90 per cent.”

Mr Adeleye also explained that male condoms are readily available than female condoms.

“We also have some females that are not even aware of female condoms. As an organisation, we are looking at issues around male and female condoms, and we are also intensifying on condom education promotion,” he said.

 

 

– Premium Times

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