Utilizing accessible and sustainable natural products for contraception
Reproductive Health Research Group aims to develop contraceptives from local resources to address accessibility in Nigerian communities
Reproductive Health/Ethnopharmaology Research Group - your reproductive health is our priority
What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?
Lack of access to contraceptives particularly due to poverty has made unplanned pregnancies and an explosion of population a problem in some rural communities despite the hard economic situation.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?
Why is there an increase in population particularly among poor and rural families? How can they be informed and use cheaper and more readily available contraceptive sources in the form of plants as drugs?
Explain Your Idea
My organization aims to investigate the use of locally available plants as contraceptives. Through our years of research trying to develop new drugs for contraception, we discovered that the rural woman or man still lack access to and proper utilization of these highly developed drugs due to poor finances and poor compliance. By communicating with several people in the communities, we have found that they would be happier to consume plants as drugs against purchase of synthesized drugs or use of contraceptive implants. We have therefore begun through intensive survey and communication with traditional healers, to compile a list of contraceptive and safe plants with high potency of achieving contraception based on traditional use. We then intend to perform laboratory investigations looking into the potency and validity of the traditional claims and also investigating dosage of the plants in their crude form. We also intend to investigate how the respective plants can be farmed locally in the various communities. We will then proceed to educate the communities on the knowledge and use of the selected plants.
Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).
1. Our idea will promote ease of access to contraceptives
2. Reduce unplanned pregnancies
3. Reduce population growth and increase life expectancy
How is your idea unique?
The uniqueness of the current idea lies in that we are looking inwards to the real needs and real solutions that will make a real difference where contraception is concerned. Ever so often, there has been huge investments in development of new drugs or devices for contraceptives which are well beyond the reach of the peoplein the rural settings. These are people who look to local remedies for slightest ailments and deliver their babies at home as they are unable to afford hospital care no matter how subsidized. These people are the target of this idea. By utilizing what they have to meet their needs - this is considered a sustainable action.
What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?
The most important concern is how to standardize the use of the plants in a manner that encourages compliance at all ages.
Who are your end users?
End users are boys, girls, men and women of reproductive age particularly those who live in rural areas or are unable to afford available contraceptives. They will benefit by having easy access to controlled family planning or unwanted pregnancies. Realistically we estimate hundreds of end users.
Where will your idea be implemented?
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in
The primary proposed implementation settings are at the surrounding villages of the University of Benin, Benin City Nigeria where our organization is based. The major challenges will be road access to the villages, transport to collect information and plant materials, laboratory resources and electricity supply.
What is your organization's name?
Reproductive Health/Ethnopharmacology Research Group (RHERG).
Tell us more about you.
RHERG is a research based organization and our main focus is to develop new products and resources for the management of reproductive health. Our team comprises of researchers, plant experts and medical practitioners.
What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?
Community - 1+ communities within 1 country
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
Yes, for more than a year.
We are based and registered at the University of Benin, Edo State Nigeria
What is your organizational status?
Not formally registered but are a formal initiative through a school / university.
What is the maturity of your innovation?
Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.