Nigeria has a population of over 200 million people, the largest in Africa. Nigeria is among the West African countries with the highest density of medical doctors which is still very low compared to the actual need for such a populous nation. Nigeria government’s budget for health is extremely slim.
Adolescents are a significant demographic force in Nigeria, constituting about 22% of the population. Key findings from both FGD and Stakeholder consultation reveals that the foremost health and development issues facing the adolescents include: drug and alcohol abuse; violence; early marriage and unplanned pregnancies; Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including HIV&AIDS; other Infectious diseases, mental health, multiple sexual relationship, unprotected sex and unsafe cultural practices, abortion, among others. There is need to revisit the neglected tropical diseases and communicable infections.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be attained without adequate investment and intentional commitment towards good health and well-being.