The Challenge Initiative: Putting Family Planning Investment in Nigeria on the front burner

Date: 
Friday, 5 May 2017
Source: 
Nigeria Health Watch

Investing in family planning has been identified as critical to accelerating Nigeria’s progress on 5 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. This potential acceleration is important for several reasons, but primarily because without such an investment, the Nigerian population will rise to an estimated 398 million people by 2050. It is anticipated that just over half that number will be living in urban areas. If nothing is done about this exponential growth, by 2050 Nigeria will become the 3rd most populated nation in the world.