4uture Mumz Campaign
When is the best age for a girl to learn about reproductive health? How does the choices a young girl makes about her reproductive health affect her maternal health? Young girls today are the future mums of tomorrow and as such we much make available for young girls correct information about their reproductive health because this isn’t just the right thing to do but also a fair thing to do. Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system (UNFPA). To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, young people need access to accurate information to be able to make right reproductive health choices. They must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections. And when they decide to have children, women must have access to services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery and healthy baby. One of the commitments among many others that nations have made in international agreements, notably in the ICPD Programme of Action (1994) and the resolution of the UN Committee on Population & Development (2012), to young people include: exercise of the right to health, including access to friendly health services and counselling; access to health-promoting information, including on sexual and reproductive health matters. Over 30 million Nigerians are between the ages of 10-19 years and nearly one third of Nigeria’s total population is between the ages of 10-24 years i.e. about 50 million people. More than half of all new HIV infections occur in people under the age of 25 with girls disproportionately affected. Young people Sexual and Reproductive Health is the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of Young people. It includes freedom from:
Unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, maternal death and disability.
-Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS.
-All forms of sexual violence and coercion.
The need to provide young people with quality information about their SRH cannot be over emphasised. Young people are highly vulnerable to HIV infections. Young girls aged 15-24 are 3 times more likely to be HIV-positive compared to boys the same age. They are burdened by unplanned and unwanted pregnancies too early and at great risk. Also, teenage mothers are physically, emotionally or economically unprepared to care for their children; lose life options. Research shows that teen mothers are twice as likely as older women to die of pregnancy related causes and the children are more likely to die in infancy. 54% of females have given birth to a child by age 20 Hospital based studies show adolescent girls make up over 60% of women treated for complications from unsafe abortion—many resulting in death or permanent injury or infertility.
The SRH status of any young person is determined by:
4uture Mumz Campaign aims at providing information on SRHR to young people of ages 13-18 years through school campaigns by:
-forming 4uture mumz clubs or help desk in schools so that young girls and young boys get information and answers to questions about their reproductive health.
-using creativity, art and media to train young people on SRHR and HIV/AIDS.
-research and data collation.