Female condom awareness in Africa 'must improve'

Awareness of female condoms and the protection they offer needs to improve in Africa, it has been suggested.

Speaking on Female Condom Day in Abuja, Professor Oladipo Ladapo, president of the Association for Family and Reproductive Health, partners in Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) in Nigeria, claimed the products need to become as accessible as male condoms, the Daily Trust reports.

It was noted that only around one in ten Nigerians who are of reproductive age have seen a female condom, while fewer than three per cent have actually used one.

Professor Ladapo has called on stakeholders to place a greater emphasis on raising awareness of the female condom, especially as women and their families experience difficulties when trying to get their hands on the products.  

Victoria Archibong, programme officer for UAFC, said the issue "has been brought to the front burner and Nigeria is one of the countries that have made a commitment to female condom programming".