Kaduna CSO seeks more govt. funding to tackle rising health challenges among women, children 



A Civil Society group, Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism, KADMAM, has urged the Kaduna State Government to release funds to address challenges in the health sector.

The KADMAM Co-Chairman, Malam Mustapha Jumare, made the appeal while speaking to newsmen on Monday in Kaduna on the sidelines of a one-day meeting organised by Lafiya-DFI.

He noted that most approvals of funds for health issues by the goverment were not backed by actual releases of the required money to address the challenges.

“For instance this year, from January to the month of June, only 19 per cent has been allocated to health budget, though it has been cash backed, but this is a big challenge”, Jumare said.

He appealed to other CSOs working in the state to intensify advocacy and efforts to secure more government commitment to the health sector.

Jumare said the Lafiya-DFID supported meeting was meant to focus on how to integrate other areas into the CSO’s existing activities in the state.

The chairman noted that KADMAM was seeking more support from Lafiya-DFID to integrate and make more advocacies around nutrition, education, water sanitation,  hygiene, employment and human development.

“The Lafiya-DFID wants to support Kaduna state by working with the CSO in the area of advocacy.

“Before now, we only work on health matters but this time, they want us to capture other areas, hence, the need to work with other CSOs involved in those areas”.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Lafiya-DFID is a seven year programme funded by DFID, aimed at improving health outcomes for the poorest and most vulnerable.

The focus will be on generating more resources to the health sector and getting government to prioritise health, through civil society advocacy on human capital, community accountability and use of data to inform government prioritisation of the sector.

The project also aims at improving effectiveness and efficiency of public and private basic health services through health system strengthening.

It will work with the private sector to improve delivery of affordable health services for the poorest population, increasing modern contraceptive prevalence rate through addressing social norms, impact analysis, and support to family planning demand creation and delivery services.

Jumare lauded the state government for it’s initiative on accountability and transparency on budget allocations.

“Kaduna is an accountable state because it has joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and the concept is to talk about accountability and transparency”.

Also, the State Team Lead for Lafiya-DFID, Dr Sikiratu Amadu, said the program which is still at inception stage, is supported by UK Department For International Development (DFID).

Ahmadu said the programme aims to improve health outcomes for the poorest and most vulnerable in the country through encouraging government to increase resources invested in health sector.

“We started in February and we are still at the inception stage. During inception, you want to know what is the baseline of your intervention, hence, we liaise with KADMAM”.

She said that Lafiya chose to work with KADMAM because of the impact of its work in the state.

“We believe that with them being involved, we can achieve the goal of getting the government to be more accountable and to prioritize health”.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that more than 40 members of the CSO and the Media attended the meeting under strict COVID-19 protocols.

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu (NAN)  Ahmed

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