CITIZENGO, a Spanish organisation has come beneath extreme assaults in Nigeria.

Challenge Alert, a non-governmental organisation primarily based in Abuja, Nigeria with places of work within the 36 states of the federation, stated on Tuesday, Might 21, this yr, law enforcement officials allegedly raided Marie Stopes Clinic in Lagos,

In keeping with the NGO, well being staff and sufferers had been allegedly harassed, and on the finish of the day, the officers took away recordsdata containing confidential data of shoppers.

This author notes that Marie Stopes provides free and reasonably priced household planning providers to ladies and men, being pregnant exams, pre and post-natal care, therapy and providers for sexually transmitted infections (STI), HIV testing and ultrasound and laboratory providers.

Nevertheless, Gabriel Akinremi, the chief data officer of CLEEN Basis, AN ARM OF Challenge Alert, the employees of the clinic are educated provide counseling and therapy particularly to those that can’t afford the prices at personal hospitals.

His phrases: “To raid a centre that gives such providers is sending a message to girls and women in addition to males and boys that they don’t seem to be protected in well being centres and that they do not deserve entry to high quality well being providers with out concern or judgment”.

That is occurring in a rustic that contributes 10% to the worldwide burden of maternal deaths rating fourth after Sierra Leone, Chad and the Central African Republic.

Secure areas the place girls can entry confidential and non-judgmental sexual and reproductive well being providers are important and we do not have sufficient of them to scale back the chance of maternal deaths.

Simply earlier than the raid in Lagos, the Minister of Well being was testifying earlier than the Nigerian Senate concerning the overburdened well being system, the deplorable state of Basic Hospitals within the nation and the necessity to revitalize the tertiary and first well being care system in Nigeria.

Girls and women are dying from preventable deaths due to lack of entry to high quality sexual and reproductive well being providers. Not too long ago launched NDHS 2018 knowledge state: “Unmet want for household planning declined from 20% in 2008 to 16% in 2013 earlier than rising to 19% in 2018.”

Household planning is the acutely aware selection by folks to restrict or area the variety of kids they’ve via the usage of contraception. And 19% of married girls in Nigeria have an unmet want for household planning providers, in line with the survey.

Marie Stopes should not be punished for providing a spectrum of providers, together with household planning, to those that want and need it, particularly girls, married and single.

The work being executed by organizations like Marie Stopes is critical to dispel myths, present counseling on the proper trendy technique of contraception and assist ladies and men area their kids.

The Nationwide Strategic Well being Growth Plan 2018 – 2022 acknowledges the significance of this work, which is why one in all its pillars is to “Promote common entry to complete high quality sexual and reproductive well being providers all through the life cycle and scale back maternal, neonatal, baby and adolescent morbidity and mortality in Nigeria.”

Marie Stopes’ work is supporting the federal government in ensuring Nigeria can obtain the targets to scale back morbidity and mortality, which suggests bettering the well being and wellbeing of ladies and women in Nigeria. We must be celebrating their efforts, not intimidating them.

Ten p.c (10%) of maternal deaths in Nigeria is because of unsafe abortion. Entry to protected abortion is restricted in Nigeria, and may solely happen in circumstances the place a lady’s life is in danger.

Though protected abortion providers are restricted, entry to post-abortion care (a service for girls and women who’ve medical complication because of unsafe abortion) just isn’t restricted. Nigerian legal guidelines and insurance policies uphold girls and women’ rights to post-abortion providers, a a lot wanted service that Marie Stopes offers.

Companies suppliers who’re implementing these insurance policies and tips shouldn’t be subjected to harassment and intimidation for performing their jobs. These healthcare staff are offering care and saving lives; actions that must be praised and promoted.

These efforts to demonize and block entry to authorized providers are being funded in Nigeria by a Spanish organisation known as CitizenGO.

CitizenGo is a companion to an SPLC designated hate group World Congress of Households and town of Madrid has banned their actions calling their campaigns hate primarily based.

CitizenGo and its extremist companions have been organizing trainings in Nigeria and Kenya inside the previous 18 months, attempting to dam girls’s entry to vital healthcare.

They shouldn’t be allowed to instigate the harassment of ladies making knowledgeable selections about their well being, and well being staff who’re offered life-affirming providers. They’re an illiberal group and they’re bringing their hate mongering to Nigeria.

This group has set-up camp in Nigeria and is propagating false and unfounded sensational narratives in locations like Enugu, Imo, and Nairobi beneath the guise of spiritual and ethical obligations.

They have to not be allowed to instigate hate and oppression in Nigeria and the remainder of Africa. Hate just isn’t a part of our tradition, and we reject the importation on intolerance by international organizations.

It is a coordinated assault on the rights of ladies, women, and marginalized individuals and we should say NO to their oppressive techniques.

A few of the NGOs and activists that signed the doc had been:

Training as a Vaccine

Nigerian Feminist Discussion board

Alliances for Africa

Girls’s Disaster Centre

Challenge Alert

Imaginative and prescient Springs Initiative

The Initiative for Equal Rights

Girls’s Well being and Equal Rights Initiative

Equality Hub

Ake Arts and E book Pageant

NoMore Marketing campaign

Above Whispers

9jaFeminsta

Stand to Finish Rape

Worldwide Centre for Reproductive Well being and Sexual Rights

Autamaimasa Well being Basis

Drug Free and Preventative Healthcare Group

Iheoma Obibi

Olabukunola Williams

Fadekemi Akinfaderin

Maream S. Muhammad

OluTimehin Adegbeye

Lesley Agams

Ayodele Olofintuade

Akudo Oguaghamba

Josephine Chukwuma

Lola Shoneyin

Ngozi Juba

Manre Chirtau

Pamela Adie

Bisi Fayemi

Azeenarh Mohammed

Funmi Juba

Ireti Bakare

Hauwa Shekarau

Wana Udobang

Charmaine Pereira

Fisayo Owoyemi

Amy Oyekunle

Oluchi Ogwuegbu

Itoro Eze-Anaba

Karo Omu

Chioma Ogwuegbu

Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi

Uche Umolu

Oseyi Etomi

Sylvia Ekponimo

Rita Musa

Chika Ibeh

Toyin Chukwudozie

Otibho Obianwu

CitizenGO is group of lively residents who work collectively, utilizing on-line petitions and motion alerts as a useful resource, to defend and promote life, household, and liberty. We work to make sure that these in energy respect human dignity and people’ rights.

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