Civil Societies Organisation News
By Emeka Anuforo
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says Nigeria requires between $12 million and $16 million yearly to procure family planning commodities and lifesaving drugs.
Of this figure, the Ministry of Health has pledged to budget $3 million for next year.Executive Director of the UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin stated this in a statement at the end of his visit to Nigeria.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says Nigeria requires about 16 million dollars annually to boost reproductive health services.
Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of UNFPA, disclosed this in a statement issued by Ms Beatrice Mutali, the Deputy Regional Director, West and Central Africa Region.
It was the nation’s high maternal mortality rate that influenced the recent focus of Development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) on child health and maternal health in Nigeria. Global attention had been particularly attracted to the northern part of the country, where the case had been more worrisome.
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has urged the voting populace to ensure that candidates for political office present in clear terms their manifestoes to improve the status of maternal health in the state.
Mimiko made the call in his keynote address at the ongoing ceremony of the 50th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) holding in Akure, so that the feats achieved over the years are not relegated to the background when they assume office.
A group of Civil Society representatives and media practitioners have called for effective implementation of the National Health Act 2014 amongst other policies, laws and commitments aimed at improving access to maternal health care in Nigeria.
The group made this call during a CS-Media forum organised by Development Communications (DevComs) Network in Lagos on the 5th of February 2015. The CS-Media forum is an activity under the MacArthur Foundation-supported project: bridging the gap between CSO and media to demand accountability in maternal health in Nigeria.
Engages CSO leaders as RMNCH champions
The need to have credible, passionate and competent Civil Society leaders advocating for improved Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) has been identified as a key step in addressing maternal and child health challenges in Nigeria.
This report highlights the thoughts of Dr. Joe Odumakin on the need to avoid needless deaths of women and children. According to her, improving access to maternal health means fighting poverty, synergy between government and other stakeholders, sensitization and empowerment of women and better attitude of health workers.
Call for Application (Deadline August 2, 2014)
Representatives of the Lagos State Ministry of Health ambulance service, civil society organisations, health workers and other stakeholders have highlighted the need to have a single functioning ambulance agency to save lives of emergency victims including maternal health related ones.