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Nigeria women unable to access contraceptives
Ten per cent of married women use contraception in Nigeria, a number reflecting lack of access.
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 16:01

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is preparing to donate hundreds of millions of dollars towards improving access to contraception in the developing world.

Reaching 100 million women, the initiative hopes to bring about major economic and health benefits and control population growth.

In Nigeria, it is estimated that only 10% of married women use contraception. More than 20% want it, but do not have access to it.

Some believe that using birth control and other types of contraception goes against their faith. Cultural beliefs about contraception is one of the many challenges the Gates initative faces.

Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from Nigeria's capital Abuja.

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