Author: Balkissa Harouna, January 11 2018 - NIGER: a landlocked country in West Africa, with about 17 million inhabitants, holding the world record of the strongest fertility rate: 8 children on average for a woman. This picture is the one most often used internationally to describe my native country, a country where family planning is faced also with enormous challenges.
First, above all, some myths about family planning are hiding critical realities, which are largely ignored.
Secondly, the population, in a large proportion is still reticent to use family planning services. Yet, the first public program of family planning was launched in November, 1984, so about thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the fertility rate always remains high: the objective of 25 % use of contraceptives in 2015, fixed by the national family planning policy has not been reached ( the current rate being estimated at approximately 12 %)!