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FutureAssured@6: Aisha Buhari reaffirms commitment to maternal, child health

By Ahmed Ubandoma

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, reaffirmed her commitment to provide the necessary support to women and children, especially the education of girls.

Ms Buhari was speaking at an event marking the 6th anniversary of her founding, Future Assured Initiative, in the banquet hall of the presidential villa on Thursday in Abuja.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Future Assured Initiative is a component of the Aisha Buhari Foundation

She also called on relevant stakeholders and other development partners not to relax their efforts to support the journey of women and children.

She said the achievements recorded by the foundation were due to a collaborative partnership and the support of local and international donor organizations that are used for the benefit of the less privileged.

“I call on partners and other stakeholders not to relax their efforts to support the course aimed at improving the standard of living of women and children.

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“I therefore urged all stakeholders to pay particular attention to the recurring deficit in the development spheres of our lives, especially the well-being of women and children who are part of the larger population of our country.

Ms Buhari said the purpose of the event was to assess how far it has come so far by examining the successes and challenges faced by the foundation in order to meet them.

“The celebration of the 6th anniversary of Future Assured will not be complete without a reminder of our accomplishments and challenges to date.

“Future Assured has made a lot of progress that is worth sharing with you today, we are sharing to inspire others; we also anticipate feedback for sustainable actions in the future.

“The journey began six years ago when, at its inception, Future Assure engaged in advocacy and support in three formative areas of health and nutrition, girls ‘and girls’ education, empowerment of women and youth.

“I am proud to categorically state that Future Assured started with only advocacy at the start and has now succeeded in carrying out development activities and projects,” she said.

According to her, the projects have reoriented the impact on the lives of women, children and young people, especially on girls’ education.

In his speech, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo praised the resilience and stubbornness of the First Lady in providing the necessary support to women and children, especially the Women and Youth Empowerment Program.

Osinbajo praised the first lady for providing the necessary support to victims of the floods and insurgency in the CTF and the northeast.

He expressed the need for stakeholders to pay attention to the future of our children, as evidenced by the Aisha Buhari Foundation.

“The educational initiative, in particular the YEEP youth educational empowerment program and support for girls’ education, support for displaced people returning to communities with relief materials, construction of schools and d orphanages and the distribution of Future Assured nutritional kits.

“Free medical assistance for women, children and elderly mothers in some states of the federation,” he said.

In his speech, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, praised the complementary role of the First Lady in leading health sector initiatives through the Aisha Buhari Foundation.

Ehanire expressed confidence that Future Assured’s track record will ensure better health outcomes.

“I have no doubt that many women, children and adolescents, especially the rural poor and the most vulnerable, have benefited in one way or another from the program, from strong advocacy for health. , the well-being and education of women, children and adolescents, in particular, the education and empowerment of girls has been constant.

“Over the past six years, the Federal Ministry of Health has entered into a partnership with the Aisha Buhari Foundation on several fronts and has collaborated with Future Assured in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. and nutrition.

“We have benefited from considerable support from the first lady and the foundation team to lead initiatives in the health sector, the inauguration of the national zero water campaign in August 2019 deserves to be mentioned.

“The advocacy and mobilization program with the overall objective of increasing the proportion of infants who are breastfed from their mothers within one hour of birth, increasing the proportion of exclusively breastfed infants,” said Ehanire ( )

Source: NAN

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