Supporting a Mother and Her Daughter to Achieve Their Dreams in Plateau State
Naomi lives in the Nyango community in Jos South local government area (LGA) in Plateau State. She was 14 years old and in her third year of secondary school when she had her first sexual experience, became pregnant and was expelled from school. The boy who impregnated Naomi denied knowing her. As a result, Naomi’s mother now is responsible for taking care of both Naomi and the newborn baby.
During a TCI-supported social mobilization neighborhood campaign, Naomi’s mother learned about family planning and immediately collected a referral card for her daughter. She wants a better life for her daughter, and wants her to return to school and avoid the possibility of another unwanted pregnancy. So Naomi’s mother shared what she had learned about family planning and brought her to the facility to ensure Naomi accessed the services.
With the consent of her mother, Naomi accepted an implant — a long-acting reversible contraceptive method — in the facility after receiving counselling on all of the methods available.
“Family planning will help us achieve our dream because my daughter will go back to school next year and continue with her studies as there is a guarantee she can never repeat the same mistake with the new protection she has,” Naomi’s mother said.
Contributed by: Eje Chimzaram Chukwuma