Using Infant Welfare Clinics IWCs as a strategic access point for Family Planning uptake and services in Nigeria, Bill and Melinda Gates

Family Planning is central to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and it is a key factor in reducing poverty. The common reasons associated with non-use of contraceptives by women include logistical problems, such as supplies running out at health clinics or difficulty travelling to health facilities (

The ongoing research is to strengthen the effective and efficient delivery of family planning services in Nigeria using the Infant Welfare Clinic (IWC) as an entry point. This is to improve access and uptake of family planning services to nursing mothers through IWC. The research will leverage on the attendance of routine IWCs services available in this clinics by mothers with their children, which include routine immunization, screening and treatment of common under-5 illness.

Specific Objectives of the Research
– To update and improve the knowledge of nursing women and their families on modern contraceptive use.
– To integrate family planning FP counseling and services through provision of IEC materials and contraceptive commodities
– To offer onsite FP services to nursing mothers at IWC
– To determine willingness of health workers on IWC-FP integration program
– To train health care providers on FP service skills – counseling, consultation and provision of commodities to their clientele.

Over the years, CPRH has pioneered and provides leadership for acquisition of RH service and research skills and has been in the forefront of translation of research into practice aimed at improving the quality of maternal, newborn and child health in the country

CPRH, the Centre therefore contributes to strengthening of capacities in RH and Population policy and program formulation, development, management including coordination, monitoring and evaluation.