Society for Family Health (SFH) Nigeria is one of Nigeria’s largest NGOs and part of the PSI global network. SFH leads A360’s work in Northern and Southern Nigeria.
In October 2016, the project team set out to learn about the lives of adolescents in Nigeria – especially girls, through conversations with girls and community members about values, community norms, and experiences, focusing on their access to, and attitudes towards, reproductive health services.
We learned that adolescents in Nigeria have a clear vision for their futures and they know who they want to be and what they want to achieve, however, there are economic, social, and contextual factors that often stand in the way of achieving these dreams. By protecting and improving girls’ sexual and reproductive health, we can mitigate some of the barriers they face on their journeys, and empower them to work towards the futures they envision.
We learned through our research that focusing on girls’ goals, like skills acquisition, and discussing love, dating, & health, connected girls’ values with contraception and made it relevant to their lives. 9ja Girls is a new program for adolescent Girls in Nigeria that incorporates all the potential designed solutions. The program aims to create safe spaces where girls can finally say what is on their minds and get the support they need from people they trust.
This document is intended to capture what A360 programmers and implementers learned during the inspiration phase in Nigeria. It reflects the voices of the people the team spoke with and provides the A360 Consortium with a springboard for design opportunities.