Oral contraceptive marketing in Ibadan, Nigeria

Type Journal Article - Social Science & Medicine
Title Oral contraceptive marketing in Ibadan, Nigeria
Volume 35
Issue 7
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1992
Page numbers 903-906
URL https://ideas.repec.org/a/eee/socmed/v35y1992i7p903-906.html
The demographic transition in Nigeria is gradually moving towards the second stage. There is clear evidence of a declining mortality but the fertility rate remains exceptionally high. A realistic approach towards reducing fertility rate is the use of oral contraceptive. This study assesses the distribution system of oral contraceptive in Ibadan, the second largest city in Nigeria. The findings revealed that the people are aware of modern oral contraceptives as they purchase them freely at chemist shops. But effective distribution is hampered by existing channels and high costs. A local source recommended is the proprietary medicine stores, often at convenient locations to the potential users of contraceptives. The current cost which is between $1.3 and $19.5 per couple-years of protection is exorbitant, consuming 0.5-7.8% of the gross annual income of the average individual. Therefore, the government should subsidize the prices of oral contraceptives, to facilitate freedom from the tyranny of excessive fertility.

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