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Family planning is a sensitive and controversial topic especially among the teenager in across different populations globally, due to sociocultural myths and misconceptions, religious biases, illiteracy, lack of education and information, accessibility, availability, affordability of sexual and reproductive health care services with nonexistence or few nonfunctional Adolescents and youth-friendly health centers and government policies implemented.
Family planning is the basic right of every individual to make decisions and choices pertaining to childbirth and accessing the best of sexual and reproductive health services without stigmatization, discrimination. The acceptance and use of family planning, therefore, upscale the sexual and reproductive health of teenagers, which allows them to fully contribute to the development of the society and world at large.

For adolescents and youths, family planning is being rebranded as life planning, as it is more than just planning the number of children to have but a way of life to explore potentials. In collaboration with the SID initiative and Lagos state LPAY ambassadors a subsidiary of Nigeria Urban and Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI 2), Lagos state ministry of health, youth, and education; we participated in the event organized to educate and train parents and teachers on “Family planning and communication needs among adolescents and youth” via their Parents Teachers Association meetings (PTA). The event held at the Community high school, Surulere, Lagos where we were able to reach out to over eighty parents and teachers on the importance of comprehensive sexuality education and also answer their many questions.
We choose to educate Parents and teachers because they are stakeholders, who most teenagers spend most of their time under and they determine “if”, “when”, “how”, where the teenagers would access this information, care, and services.

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Agoyi M. O.
Programs Manager,
Safer Hands Health Initiative,

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