Routine Immunization (RI) and Polio Transition
While Nigeria has recorded historic gains against the crippling polio virus, the overall RI status in the country is poor. A lack of awareness is cited by 42 per cent of caregivers as the biggest communication-related barrier preventing the RI schedule from being completed, followed by mistrust or fear (11 per cent) and service delivery issues (25 per cent). In addition, nearly one in four (23 per cent) of caregivers thought their child was fully immunized, 11 per cent had no faith in immunization, 18 per cent cited a lack of time and 12 per cent reported the immunization site as being too far to reach.
End to Violence Against Children
The national survey on Violence Against Children (VAC) conducted in 2014 indicated a high prevalence of sexual, physical and emotional violence against children in Nigeria. Six out of every 10 children suffer one or more forms of violence – physical, sexual and emotional – before they reach the age of 18 years, with more than 70 per cent suffering repeated abuse. The survey also highlighted the fact that very few children speak out about their experiences, and even fewer seek or receive services or justice – just five in 100 abused children ever receive the help that they need to recover.