The Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) is a national healthcare provider and a leading advocate of sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Nigeria. Founded in 1959 in response to pressing reproductive related problems such as unwanted pregnancies, child abandonment, and unsafe abortion. PPFN has evolved to a broader, more comprehensive mission focused on adolescent RH, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and displacement of people due to natural disasters or conflicts.
PPFN’s vision is a society where all individuals freely exercise their right to and choice of quality health services by complementing the efforts of the government in making health services available to the most vulnerable by promoting universal access to SRH services that are stigma-free, effective, and affordable for everyone including people with disabilities (PWD). PPFN’s mission and focus have been on promoting integrated health services that have a direct impact on poor and vulnerable groups especially women, adolescents, and children, as well as key populations and disabled persons. It provides a broad method mix of contraceptives and offers full counseling about benefits, risks, and side effects to enable an informed choice.
Exhibiting different strengths and capabilities, PPFN’s human resource strength with over 4,000 volunteers and 214 established staff positions (73% women) provides a good basis for effective program implementation. PPFN creates a competitive advantage by leveraging on its wide geographical spread with operations cutting across the 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to deliver services through 45 static clinics, 36 mobile outreach teams, 200 associated clinics, and 300 Community-Based Distributors (CBD). Our people-centered approach guides the delivery of youth-friendly services and ensures the sexual and reproductive health needs and rights of the PWD are upheld. PPFN partners, alongside like-minded stakeholders, engage governments to improve the legislative, policy, regulatory and financial environment for reproductive health, and uses data to monitor and strengthen the quality and drive results. PPFN has supported the provision of integrated FP/SRHR services to the people affected by the crisis in states such as Kaduna, Benue, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and Zamfara.
PPFN’s work is grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships, and focused on building the capacity of individuals and communities to succeed. It integrates a gender perspective into all development programs. PPFN harnesses its local presence and national spread, global connection, strong partnerships, and knowledge of the SRHR needs of people living in crisis-affected areas to ensure that their SRHR needs are met. Its youth-inclusive programs enable young people’s involvement in issues relating to health and build the capacity to influence policy and make informed decisions.
PPFN operates in compliance with International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) accreditation standards through the establishment of a democratic and devolved governing structure (including a Board of Trustees, National/Regional Councils, National/Regional Executive Committee, and Youth Action Movement. The governing body is women-led and has 20% youth representation. PPFN is a fully accredited member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), maintaining 48 accreditation standards related to programmatic and financial management, governance, constitution, and medical services. IPPF’s Secretariat provides ongoing financial and technical support for service delivery quality of care, financial and human resource management, and internal audit functions.