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  •  Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi the District Head of Gagi in Sokoto South Local Government Area of Sokoto State has lauded UN Population Fund UNFPA interventions on maternal health in the area Umar Jabbi said the maternal health and other supports had enhanced citizens lives in the state He made the remark when the UNFPA Programme Coordinator Lead Officer Kaduna Decentralised Office in Kaduna Dr Polycarpe Takou visited him in his palace He said the interventions had broaden public accessibility to healthcare services especially on maternal health where associated deaths had drastically reduced He explained that the UNFPA built a labour waiting room for pregnant women at Gagi Primary Healthcare Centre PHC describing the initiative as distinct He said that the waiting room had reduced the sufferings of pregnant women during labour as most of them travelled long distances to the PHC He noted that the Gagi PHC is being patronised by about 60 communities in three neighbouring local government areas but due to banditry activities most communities have relocated to the area which contributed to the upsurge of patients He added that many pregnant women seek accommodation in houses near the Gagi PHC to wait for delivery as they find it difficult to go back to their homes in distant communities and start going to the centre again The women prefer to stay around the PHC when due for delivery to avoid complications The well furnished labour waiting room had help pregnant women from distant places to stay near the PHC until delivery The labour waiting room has touched the lives of many women while the PHC s labour room has been upgraded furnished and equipped for the women s comfort Before the UNFPA intervention in Gagi PHC we used to record between six to 12 child deliveries in a month however with the improved services supported by UNFPA the figure has increased to above 90 child deliveries per month The intervention has increased access to overall family health as community members are educated on importance of healthcare services through UNFPA support Umar Jabbi said He explained that measures to maintain the facilities were put in place by PHC management and community groups because community ownership of projects was incorporated in all the programmes This would also strengthen complete healthcare system and reduce maternal and infant mortality he said The district head also said that pregnant women attending antenatal care at different places came to Gagi PHC for delivery while pregnant women in labour with suspected complications and those from poor family background and distant places are being prioritised at the established waiting room At the Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital which has a Vesicovaginal Fistula VVF Treatment Centre the Chief Medical Director Dr Bello Lawal said UNFPA impacted positively on the lives of VVF patients because they receive free treatment care and empowerment support there Lawal said the support led to upgrade of structures and equipment which enhanced fistula services and canvassed for further possible collaborations to enhance the wellbeing of citizens The team also inspected the Nana Khadija referal centre where Gender Based Violance GBV survivors are being treated and supported in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Takou also inspected facilitaties equipment records and interacted with workers during the visit which was part of his four day maiden state working tour in Sokoto State NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Community leader lauds UNFPA interventions on maternal health, others in Sokoto
     Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi the District Head of Gagi in Sokoto South Local Government Area of Sokoto State has lauded UN Population Fund UNFPA interventions on maternal health in the area Umar Jabbi said the maternal health and other supports had enhanced citizens lives in the state He made the remark when the UNFPA Programme Coordinator Lead Officer Kaduna Decentralised Office in Kaduna Dr Polycarpe Takou visited him in his palace He said the interventions had broaden public accessibility to healthcare services especially on maternal health where associated deaths had drastically reduced He explained that the UNFPA built a labour waiting room for pregnant women at Gagi Primary Healthcare Centre PHC describing the initiative as distinct He said that the waiting room had reduced the sufferings of pregnant women during labour as most of them travelled long distances to the PHC He noted that the Gagi PHC is being patronised by about 60 communities in three neighbouring local government areas but due to banditry activities most communities have relocated to the area which contributed to the upsurge of patients He added that many pregnant women seek accommodation in houses near the Gagi PHC to wait for delivery as they find it difficult to go back to their homes in distant communities and start going to the centre again The women prefer to stay around the PHC when due for delivery to avoid complications The well furnished labour waiting room had help pregnant women from distant places to stay near the PHC until delivery The labour waiting room has touched the lives of many women while the PHC s labour room has been upgraded furnished and equipped for the women s comfort Before the UNFPA intervention in Gagi PHC we used to record between six to 12 child deliveries in a month however with the improved services supported by UNFPA the figure has increased to above 90 child deliveries per month The intervention has increased access to overall family health as community members are educated on importance of healthcare services through UNFPA support Umar Jabbi said He explained that measures to maintain the facilities were put in place by PHC management and community groups because community ownership of projects was incorporated in all the programmes This would also strengthen complete healthcare system and reduce maternal and infant mortality he said The district head also said that pregnant women attending antenatal care at different places came to Gagi PHC for delivery while pregnant women in labour with suspected complications and those from poor family background and distant places are being prioritised at the established waiting room At the Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital which has a Vesicovaginal Fistula VVF Treatment Centre the Chief Medical Director Dr Bello Lawal said UNFPA impacted positively on the lives of VVF patients because they receive free treatment care and empowerment support there Lawal said the support led to upgrade of structures and equipment which enhanced fistula services and canvassed for further possible collaborations to enhance the wellbeing of citizens The team also inspected the Nana Khadija referal centre where Gender Based Violance GBV survivors are being treated and supported in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Takou also inspected facilitaties equipment records and interacted with workers during the visit which was part of his four day maiden state working tour in Sokoto State NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Community leader lauds UNFPA interventions on maternal health, others in Sokoto
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    Community leader lauds UNFPA interventions on maternal health, others in Sokoto

    Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, the District Head of Gagi in Sokoto South Local Government Area of Sokoto State, has lauded UN Population Fund (UNFPA) interventions on maternal health in the area.

    Umar-Jabbi said the maternal health and other supports had enhanced citizens’ lives in the state.

    He made the remark when the UNFPA Programme Coordinator, Lead Officer, Kaduna Decentralised Office in Kaduna, Dr Polycarpe Takou, visited him in his palace.

    He said the interventions had broaden public accessibility to healthcare services, especially on maternal health where associated deaths had drastically reduced.

    He explained that the UNFPA built a labour waiting room for pregnant women at Gagi Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), describing the initiative as “distinct.

    ” He said that the waiting room had reduced the sufferings of pregnant women during labour, as most of them travelled long distances to the PHC.

    He noted that the Gagi PHC is being patronised by about 60 communities in three neighbouring local government areas but due to banditry activities, most communities have relocated to the area which contributed to the upsurge of patients.

    He added that “many pregnant women seek accommodation in houses near the Gagi PHC to wait for delivery, as they find it difficult to go back to their homes in distant communities and start going to the centre again.

    “The women prefer to stay around the PHC when due for delivery to avoid complications.

    “The well furnished labour waiting room had help pregnant women from distant places to stay near the PHC until delivery.

    “The labour waiting room has touched the lives of many women, while the PHC’s labour room has been upgraded, furnished and equipped for the women’s comfort.

    “Before the UNFPA intervention in Gagi PHC, we used to record between six to 12 child deliveries in a month, however, with the improved services supported by UNFPA, the figure has increased to above 90 child deliveries per month.

    “The intervention has increased access to overall family health, as community members are educated on importance of healthcare services through UNFPA support,” Umar-Jabbi said.

    He explained that measures to maintain the facilities were put in place by PHC management and community groups because community ownership of projects was incorporated in all the programmes.

    “This would also strengthen complete healthcare system and reduce maternal and infant mortality,” he said.

    The district head also said that pregnant women attending antenatal care at different places came to Gagi PHC for delivery, while pregnant women in labour with suspected complications and those from poor family background and distant places are being prioritised at the established waiting room.

    At the Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital which has a Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) Treatment Centre, the Chief Medical Director, Dr Bello Lawal, said UNFPA impacted positively on the lives of VVF patients because they receive free treatment, care and empowerment support there.

    Lawal said the support led to upgrade of structures and equipment which enhanced fistula services and canvassed for further possible collaborations to enhance the wellbeing of citizens.

    The team also inspected the Nana Khadija referal centre where Gender-Based Violance (GBV) survivors are being treated and supported in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Takou also inspected facilitaties, equipment, records and interacted with workers during the visit, which was part of his four-day maiden state working tour in Sokoto State.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning has restated the Federal Government s commitment to the promotion of women and girls rights Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the Promote My Sister campaign by UN Population Fund UNFPA in Abuja The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations Agba said that Nigeria in partnership with relevant stakeholders would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country Mr Mathias Schmale UN Resident Coordinator said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest According to him women need to occupy prime positions across the globe He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala On her part Ms Ulla Mueller Country Representative UN Population Fund UNFPA said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other Mueller who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights Meanwhile Mrs Pauline Tallen Minister of Women Affairs commended UNFPA for the launch saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender based violence Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir Director General National Centre for Women Development The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restates commitment to promoting women’s, girls’ rights
     Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning has restated the Federal Government s commitment to the promotion of women and girls rights Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the Promote My Sister campaign by UN Population Fund UNFPA in Abuja The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations Agba said that Nigeria in partnership with relevant stakeholders would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country Mr Mathias Schmale UN Resident Coordinator said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest According to him women need to occupy prime positions across the globe He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala On her part Ms Ulla Mueller Country Representative UN Population Fund UNFPA said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other Mueller who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights Meanwhile Mrs Pauline Tallen Minister of Women Affairs commended UNFPA for the launch saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender based violence Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir Director General National Centre for Women Development The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restates commitment to promoting women’s, girls’ rights
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    FG restates commitment to promoting women’s, girls’ rights

    Mr Clement Agba, Minister of Budget and National Planning, has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to the promotion of women and girls’ rights.

    Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the  “Promote My Sister” campaign by UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abuja.

    The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

    Agba said that Nigeria, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender-Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country.

    Mr Mathias Schmale, UN Resident Coordinator, said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them.

    Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest.

    According to him, women need to occupy prime positions across the globe.

    He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world, citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

    On her part, Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other.

    Mueller, who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls, said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights.

    Meanwhile, Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, commended UNFPA for the launch, saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender-based violence.

    Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir, Director General National Centre for Women Development.

    The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new unusual achieveable and effective These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend Demographic Dividend according to the UN Population Fund UNFPA is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population Understandably it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong Singapore South Korea and Taiwan whereby the Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis The recovery according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission NPC is highly attributable to government stimulus programmes in each region Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009 To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund UNFPA says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country Describing education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy Dashe says it is unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding He says education especially that of the girl child as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation According to him it is only when a girl child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning Consequently Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development Dr Olumide Okunola Senior Health Specialist World Bank identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country s achievement of demographic dividend According to Okunola global policies as Universal Basic Education UBE and Universal Health Coverage UHC must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri Country Director World Bank at different fora Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit PMS by Nigeria saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health He opines that government s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring Also government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation Therefore it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity Nevertheless Nigeria has a favourable demography says Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning at the UN Population Fund s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document CPD for the span of 2023 to 2027 Agba asserts that the country with her youthful bulge has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend On his part Dr Ejike Oji Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria AAFP identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography Oji says that until Nigeria s fertility rate of 5 3 per woman is brought down minimally achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate According to him many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare Understandably government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend Certainly an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country s quest to address high fertility rate as President Muhammadu Buhari s demonstrates the government s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb 3 2022 Dr Okai Aku Executive Director Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria PPFN expresses worry over Nigeria s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate Also Ms Margaret Edison Director Population Management National Population Commission NPC reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria s sustained high fertility rate through expanding access to modern family planning counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing Edison who scores Rwanda high urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control improve the health of women adolescents new born and children and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls human capital development advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Nasir Kwarra urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours He highlights the imperatives of Rights and Choices as embedded in UNFPA s concept Bodily Autonomy which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population According to him it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population As such focusing on numbers underplay the importance of Rights and Choices he says Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning affirms Nigeria s favourable demography He explains that the country s age structure favours young people those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria s population On the other hand Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents Furthermore transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic Therefore introspectively the federal government in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend Dr Natalia Kanem Executive Director UN Population Fund UNFPA has argued that Societies that invest in their people in their Rights and Choices have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves In line with this postulation Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations This miracle like the Asian Tigers will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5 3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women Essentially economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend In conclusion reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend In addition importantly girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imperatives of paradigm shift in policies to achieve Demographic Dividend
     Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new unusual achieveable and effective These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend Demographic Dividend according to the UN Population Fund UNFPA is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population Understandably it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong Singapore South Korea and Taiwan whereby the Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis The recovery according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission NPC is highly attributable to government stimulus programmes in each region Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009 To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund UNFPA says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country Describing education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy Dashe says it is unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding He says education especially that of the girl child as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation According to him it is only when a girl child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning Consequently Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development Dr Olumide Okunola Senior Health Specialist World Bank identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country s achievement of demographic dividend According to Okunola global policies as Universal Basic Education UBE and Universal Health Coverage UHC must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri Country Director World Bank at different fora Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit PMS by Nigeria saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health He opines that government s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring Also government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation Therefore it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity Nevertheless Nigeria has a favourable demography says Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning at the UN Population Fund s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document CPD for the span of 2023 to 2027 Agba asserts that the country with her youthful bulge has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend On his part Dr Ejike Oji Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria AAFP identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography Oji says that until Nigeria s fertility rate of 5 3 per woman is brought down minimally achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate According to him many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare Understandably government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend Certainly an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country s quest to address high fertility rate as President Muhammadu Buhari s demonstrates the government s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb 3 2022 Dr Okai Aku Executive Director Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria PPFN expresses worry over Nigeria s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate Also Ms Margaret Edison Director Population Management National Population Commission NPC reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria s sustained high fertility rate through expanding access to modern family planning counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing Edison who scores Rwanda high urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control improve the health of women adolescents new born and children and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls human capital development advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Nasir Kwarra urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours He highlights the imperatives of Rights and Choices as embedded in UNFPA s concept Bodily Autonomy which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population According to him it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population As such focusing on numbers underplay the importance of Rights and Choices he says Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning affirms Nigeria s favourable demography He explains that the country s age structure favours young people those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria s population On the other hand Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents Furthermore transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic Therefore introspectively the federal government in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend Dr Natalia Kanem Executive Director UN Population Fund UNFPA has argued that Societies that invest in their people in their Rights and Choices have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves In line with this postulation Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations This miracle like the Asian Tigers will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5 3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women Essentially economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend In conclusion reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend In addition importantly girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imperatives of paradigm shift in policies to achieve Demographic Dividend
    General news2 months ago

    Imperatives of paradigm shift in policies to achieve Demographic Dividend

    Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new, unusual, achieveable and effective.These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development, productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend.Demographic Dividend, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country’s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population.Understandably, it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio.The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan whereby the  Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis.The recovery, according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission (NPC), is highly attributable  to government stimulus programmes in each region.Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009. To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges, Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy.A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health.Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend, sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country.Describing  education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy, Dashe says it is  unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding.He says education, especially that of the girl-child, as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation.According to him, it is only when a girl-child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning.Consequently, Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development.Dr Olumide Okunola, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank, identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country’s achievement of demographic dividend.According to Okunola, global policies as Universal Basic Education (UBE) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend.The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted.He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country’s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria.“Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage.“It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights.” Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri, Country Director World Bank at different fora.Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by Nigeria, saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health.He opines that government’s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster, hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development.These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring.Also, government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact.“Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers.“Nigeria, as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers, should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation.“Therefore, it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity.” Nevertheless, Nigeria has a favourable demography, says Mr Clement Agba, Minister of Budget and National Planning, at the UN Population Fund’s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document (CPD) for the span of 2023 to 2027. Agba asserts that the country, with her youthful bulge, has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend.On his part, Dr Ejike Oji, Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria (AAFP), identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography.Oji says that until Nigeria’s fertility rate of 5.3 per woman is brought down minimally, achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage.He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate.According to him, many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare.Understandably, government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care.This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend.Certainly, an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities.Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country’s quest to address high fertility rate, as President Muhammadu Buhari’s demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb. 3, 2022 .Dr Okai Aku, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), expresses worry over Nigeria’s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent.Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate. Also, Ms Margaret Edison, Director, Population Management, National Population Commission (NPC),  reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria’s sustained high fertility rate, through expanding access to modern family planning, counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing.Edison, who scores Rwanda high, urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control, improve the health of women, adolescents, new born and children, and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend.She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls, human capital development, advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition.The Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Kwarra, urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours.He highlights the imperatives of “Rights and Choices” as embedded in UNFPA’s concept  “Bodily Autonomy”  which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population.According to him, it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country.“The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population..” Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population.As such, focusing on numbers underplay the importance of “Rights and Choices”, he says.Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, affirms Nigeria’s favourable demography.He explains that the country’s age structure favours young people, those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population On the other hand, Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions.Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents.Furthermore, transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements, housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance.That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic.Therefore, introspectively, the federal government, in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend.Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has argued that “Societies that invest in their people, in their Rights and Choices, have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves.” In line with this postulation, Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth.Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations.This “miracle”, like the Asian Tigers, will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore, Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster.Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5.3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women.Essentially, economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend.In conclusion, reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend.In addition, importantly, girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA’s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality.Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence (GBV) and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy.Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub-national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation, implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mrs Ulla Muller the Country Representative UN Population Fund UNFPA has promised to scale up thd campaign against Vesico Vaginal Fistula VVF in Nigeria She asserted UNFPA s large imprints in prevention and curative interventions of the VVF in collaboration with other stakeholders in thd country Muller made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja Vesico Vaginal Fistula VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder vesico and the vagina that leads to continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vagina The UN envoy said that enabling younger women to access antenatal care and safe deliveries was key to preventing VVF She emphasised the need for engagement of community leaders in preventing VVF through provision of skilled birth attendants as well as spacing of children Muller explained that training of healthcare workers and midwives were imperative in preventing and curing VVF in Nigeria According to her VVF has destroyed the lives of many young women and caused many families untold hardships Muller who described Nigerian fistula surgeons amongst the best in the world said it was advisable for women who had undergone repair surgery to avoid getting pregnant for at least 12 months after to avoid a repeat fistula She renewed UNFPA s commitment to creating awareness on the condition through the use of traditional and social media platforms targeting young persons Muller attributed the prevalence of VVF to health system failure to deliver timely maternal care and harmful sociocultural practices such as child marriage which she said often exposed young girls to the risk of the disease It is therefore critical for ending fistula that we work with communities to change behaviour making it acceptable to delay the first pregnancy she said Beside she reiterated the commitment of UNFPA to ending fistula by actualising its three transformative goals in Nigeria of Zero Maternal Mortality and Morbidities such as fistula Muller said this would be achieved through improving the quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare Zero Unmet Need for Family Planning by ensuring access to contraceptives for women who have undergone fistula repair The UNFPA country representative promised to continue to address the social drivers of fistula through ensuring Zero Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices NAN reports that every May 23 has been set aside by the UN as World Fistula Day to draw global attention to the issue Edited By Tayo Ikujuni Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    UNFPA pledges aggressive campaign against VVF in Nigeria
     Mrs Ulla Muller the Country Representative UN Population Fund UNFPA has promised to scale up thd campaign against Vesico Vaginal Fistula VVF in Nigeria She asserted UNFPA s large imprints in prevention and curative interventions of the VVF in collaboration with other stakeholders in thd country Muller made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja Vesico Vaginal Fistula VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder vesico and the vagina that leads to continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vagina The UN envoy said that enabling younger women to access antenatal care and safe deliveries was key to preventing VVF She emphasised the need for engagement of community leaders in preventing VVF through provision of skilled birth attendants as well as spacing of children Muller explained that training of healthcare workers and midwives were imperative in preventing and curing VVF in Nigeria According to her VVF has destroyed the lives of many young women and caused many families untold hardships Muller who described Nigerian fistula surgeons amongst the best in the world said it was advisable for women who had undergone repair surgery to avoid getting pregnant for at least 12 months after to avoid a repeat fistula She renewed UNFPA s commitment to creating awareness on the condition through the use of traditional and social media platforms targeting young persons Muller attributed the prevalence of VVF to health system failure to deliver timely maternal care and harmful sociocultural practices such as child marriage which she said often exposed young girls to the risk of the disease It is therefore critical for ending fistula that we work with communities to change behaviour making it acceptable to delay the first pregnancy she said Beside she reiterated the commitment of UNFPA to ending fistula by actualising its three transformative goals in Nigeria of Zero Maternal Mortality and Morbidities such as fistula Muller said this would be achieved through improving the quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare Zero Unmet Need for Family Planning by ensuring access to contraceptives for women who have undergone fistula repair The UNFPA country representative promised to continue to address the social drivers of fistula through ensuring Zero Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices NAN reports that every May 23 has been set aside by the UN as World Fistula Day to draw global attention to the issue Edited By Tayo Ikujuni Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    UNFPA pledges aggressive campaign against VVF in Nigeria
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    UNFPA pledges aggressive campaign against VVF in Nigeria

    Mrs Ulla Muller, the Country Representative, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), has promised to scale up thd campaign against Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in Nigeria.

    She asserted UNFPA’s large imprints in prevention and curative interventions of the VVF in collaboration with other stakeholders in thd country.

    Muller made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

    Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder (vesico) and the vagina, that leads to continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vagina.

    The UN envoy said that enabling younger women to access antenatal care and safe deliveries was key to preventing VVF.

    She emphasised the need for engagement of community leaders in preventing VVF through provision of skilled birth attendants as well as spacing of children.

    Muller explained that training of healthcare workers and midwives were imperative in preventing and curing VVF in Nigeria.

    According to her, VVF has destroyed the lives of many young women and caused many families untold hardships.

    Muller, who described Nigerian fistula surgeons amongst the best in the world, said it was advisable for women who had undergone repair surgery to avoid getting pregnant for at least 12 months after to avoid a repeat fistula.

    She renewed UNFPA’s commitment to creating awareness on the condition through the use of traditional and social media platforms, targeting young persons.

    Muller attributed the prevalence of VVF to health system failure to deliver timely maternal care and harmful sociocultural practices such as child marriage which, she said, often exposed young girls to the risk of the disease.

    “It is therefore critical for ending fistula that we work with communities to change behaviour making it acceptable to delay the first pregnancy,” she said.

    Beside, she reiterated the commitment of UNFPA to ending fistula by actualising its three transformative goals in Nigeria of Zero Maternal, Mortality and Morbidities such as fistula.

    Muller said this would be achieved through improving the quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare; Zero Unmet Need for Family Planning by ensuring access to contraceptives for women who have undergone fistula repair.

    The UNFPA country representative promised to continue to address the social drivers of fistula through ensuring Zero Gender Based Violence (GBV) and harmful practices.

    NAN reports that every May 23 has been set aside by the UN as World Fistula Day to draw global attention to the issue.


    Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The UN Population Fund UNFPA has called on the global community to sustain late Dr Catherine Hamlin s aspiration of ending the preventable condition of fistula Dr Natalia Kanem the Executive Director UNFPA made the appeal in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria by Mrs Kori Habib the Media Associate of UNFPA Nigeria in Abuja on Friday Kanem called for a synergy of all stakeholders in accordance with the vision of late Dr Hamlin targeted at overcoming fistula and its consequences especially in protecting lives of young women and babies at the rural communities Let us work in Dr Hamlin s memory towards fulfilling her lifelong dream and our long held aspiration to eliminate this preventable condition In doing so we will help protect the health and human rights of the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls she said According to her on this International Day to End Fistula the memory of the late Dr Catherine Hamlin who passed away in March this year looms large The executive director explained that it was time to not only treat women and girls with fistula with focus on the physical injury itself but also on the scars created by stigma and discrimination Kanem called for a replication of Hamlin s charitable organisation which brought hope and healing to women and girls raising global awareness of fistula and spurred innovative efforts to end it She attributed likely increase in obstetric fistula on the absence of timely medical treatment as a result of serious childbirth injury occasioned by prolonged and obstructed labour Poor women and girls in rural areas are especially at risk The disproportionate incidence among the poor of this debilitating and sometimes life threatening condition is a reflection of social and economic inequities and of unequal enjoyment of the right to health including sexual and reproductive health Even in the best of times they are more likely to lack access to skilled health personnel Child marriage and early childbearing are among other contributing factors the executive director said She however said that while fistula has been virtually eliminated in developed nations hundreds of thousands of women and girls in the developing world still live with this debilitating condition Kanem assured that as leader of the global Campaign to end Fistula UNFPA would continue to provide funding and support for fistula prevention treatment and social reintegration programmes Since 2003 we have enabled more than 113 000 women to undergo obstetric fistula repair surgery Last November the world convened in Nairobi to celebrate the tremendous gains of the past 25 years in advancing the health and rights of women and girls With a deep sense of urgency purpose and hope leaders from around the world from presidents to the grassroots from refugees to royalty from youth activists to CEOs committed to accelerating action to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all The executive director described the moment as a time the commitment is being tested like never before As health systems struggle to respond to COVID 19 the pandemic stands to take a huge global toll on maternal and newborn health Already the crisis is compounding the economic social and logistical barriers that women and girls face in accessing sexual and reproductive health services Even where services are available and accessible fear misinformation and stigma related to COVID 19 are deterring some pregnant women from seeking obstetric care Kanem therefore expressed the determination of UNFPA towards accelerating efforts aimed at achieving their global ambition of ending fistula by 2030 the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals She said Towards that end the response to the COVID 19 pandemic must ensure the delivery of essential sexual and reproductive health services including midwifery services and emergency obstetric care Edited By Abiemwense Moru Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    World Fistula Day: UNFPA tasks all to sustain Hamlin’s aspiration of ending fistula
     The UN Population Fund UNFPA has called on the global community to sustain late Dr Catherine Hamlin s aspiration of ending the preventable condition of fistula Dr Natalia Kanem the Executive Director UNFPA made the appeal in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria by Mrs Kori Habib the Media Associate of UNFPA Nigeria in Abuja on Friday Kanem called for a synergy of all stakeholders in accordance with the vision of late Dr Hamlin targeted at overcoming fistula and its consequences especially in protecting lives of young women and babies at the rural communities Let us work in Dr Hamlin s memory towards fulfilling her lifelong dream and our long held aspiration to eliminate this preventable condition In doing so we will help protect the health and human rights of the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls she said According to her on this International Day to End Fistula the memory of the late Dr Catherine Hamlin who passed away in March this year looms large The executive director explained that it was time to not only treat women and girls with fistula with focus on the physical injury itself but also on the scars created by stigma and discrimination Kanem called for a replication of Hamlin s charitable organisation which brought hope and healing to women and girls raising global awareness of fistula and spurred innovative efforts to end it She attributed likely increase in obstetric fistula on the absence of timely medical treatment as a result of serious childbirth injury occasioned by prolonged and obstructed labour Poor women and girls in rural areas are especially at risk The disproportionate incidence among the poor of this debilitating and sometimes life threatening condition is a reflection of social and economic inequities and of unequal enjoyment of the right to health including sexual and reproductive health Even in the best of times they are more likely to lack access to skilled health personnel Child marriage and early childbearing are among other contributing factors the executive director said She however said that while fistula has been virtually eliminated in developed nations hundreds of thousands of women and girls in the developing world still live with this debilitating condition Kanem assured that as leader of the global Campaign to end Fistula UNFPA would continue to provide funding and support for fistula prevention treatment and social reintegration programmes Since 2003 we have enabled more than 113 000 women to undergo obstetric fistula repair surgery Last November the world convened in Nairobi to celebrate the tremendous gains of the past 25 years in advancing the health and rights of women and girls With a deep sense of urgency purpose and hope leaders from around the world from presidents to the grassroots from refugees to royalty from youth activists to CEOs committed to accelerating action to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all The executive director described the moment as a time the commitment is being tested like never before As health systems struggle to respond to COVID 19 the pandemic stands to take a huge global toll on maternal and newborn health Already the crisis is compounding the economic social and logistical barriers that women and girls face in accessing sexual and reproductive health services Even where services are available and accessible fear misinformation and stigma related to COVID 19 are deterring some pregnant women from seeking obstetric care Kanem therefore expressed the determination of UNFPA towards accelerating efforts aimed at achieving their global ambition of ending fistula by 2030 the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals She said Towards that end the response to the COVID 19 pandemic must ensure the delivery of essential sexual and reproductive health services including midwifery services and emergency obstetric care Edited By Abiemwense Moru Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    World Fistula Day: UNFPA tasks all to sustain Hamlin’s aspiration of ending fistula
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    World Fistula Day: UNFPA tasks all to sustain Hamlin’s aspiration of ending fistula

    The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has called on the global community to sustain late Dr Catherine Hamlin’s aspiration of ending the preventable condition of fistula.

    Dr Natalia Kanem, the Executive Director, UNFPA, made the appeal in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria by Mrs Kori Habib, the Media Associate of UNFPA Nigeria, in Abuja on Friday.

    Kanem called for a synergy of all stakeholders in accordance with the vision of late Dr Hamlin targeted at overcoming fistula and its consequences, especially in protecting lives of young women and babies at the rural communities.

    “Let us work in Dr Hamlin’s memory towards fulfilling her lifelong dream and our long-held aspiration to eliminate this preventable condition.

    “In doing so, we will help protect the health and human rights of the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls,” she said.

    According to her, on this International Day to End Fistula, the memory of the late Dr Catherine Hamlin, who passed away in March this year, looms large.

    The executive director explained that it was time to not only treat women and girls with fistula with focus on the physical injury itself, but also on the scars created by stigma and discrimination.

    Kanem called for a replication of Hamlin’s charitable organisation which brought hope and healing to women and girls, raising global awareness of fistula and spurred innovative efforts to end it.

    She attributed likely increase in obstetric fistula on the absence of timely medical treatment as a result of serious childbirth injury occasioned by prolonged and obstructed labour.

    “Poor women and girls in rural areas are especially at risk. The disproportionate incidence among the poor of this debilitating and sometimes life-threatening condition is a reflection of social and economic inequities and of unequal enjoyment of the right to health, including sexual and reproductive health.

    “Even in the best of times, they are more likely to lack access to skilled health personnel. Child marriage and early childbearing are among other contributing factors,” the executive director said.

    She, however, said that while fistula has been virtually eliminated in developed nations, hundreds of thousands of women and girls in the developing world still live with this debilitating condition.

    Kanem assured that as leader of the global Campaign to end Fistula, UNFPA would continue to provide funding and support for fistula prevention, treatment and social reintegration programmes.

    “Since 2003, we have enabled more than 113,000 women to undergo obstetric fistula repair surgery.

    “Last November, the world convened in Nairobi to celebrate the tremendous gains of the past 25 years in advancing the health and rights of women and girls.

    “With a deep sense of urgency, purpose and hope, leaders from around the world – from presidents to the grassroots, from refugees to royalty, from youth activists to CEOs  – committed to accelerating action to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.”

    The executive director described the moment as a time “the commitment is being tested like never before”.

    “As health systems struggle to respond to COVID-19, the pandemic stands to take a huge global toll on maternal and newborn health.

    “Already, the crisis is compounding the economic, social and logistical barriers that women and girls face in accessing sexual and reproductive health services.

    “Even where services are available and accessible, fear, misinformation and stigma related to COVID-19 are deterring some pregnant women from seeking obstetric care.”

    Kanem, therefore, expressed the determination of UNFPA towards accelerating efforts aimed at achieving their global ambition of ending fistula by 2030, the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals.

    She said: “Towards that end, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic must ensure the delivery of essential sexual and reproductive health services, including midwifery services and emergency obstetric care.”


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The United Nations and its partners are supporting the Myanmar government to ensure the safety of frontline health workers battling COVID 19 said a spokesman on Thursday A project by the UN Office for Project Services with the support of donor governments is providing personal protective equipment to the country s health ministry health care providers and communities said Stephane Dujarric spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres The UN Population Fund UNFPA and its partners are supplying surgical masks and other paraphernalia to maternal health facilities in the capital as well as to other states The UNFPA is also providing supplies to midwives and helping to train health workers on how to treat pregnant women during the pandemic he told a virtual press briefing UN Women and its partners are helping women to transition their livelihood activities toward mask production This project has a production capacity of 1 500 to 2 000 masks per week he said XINHUA
    UN provides help to health workers in Myanmar
     The United Nations and its partners are supporting the Myanmar government to ensure the safety of frontline health workers battling COVID 19 said a spokesman on Thursday A project by the UN Office for Project Services with the support of donor governments is providing personal protective equipment to the country s health ministry health care providers and communities said Stephane Dujarric spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres The UN Population Fund UNFPA and its partners are supplying surgical masks and other paraphernalia to maternal health facilities in the capital as well as to other states The UNFPA is also providing supplies to midwives and helping to train health workers on how to treat pregnant women during the pandemic he told a virtual press briefing UN Women and its partners are helping women to transition their livelihood activities toward mask production This project has a production capacity of 1 500 to 2 000 masks per week he said XINHUA
    UN provides help to health workers in Myanmar
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    UN provides help to health workers in Myanmar

    The United Nations and its partners are supporting the Myanmar government to ensure the safety of frontline health workers battling COVID-19, said a spokesman on Thursday.

    A project by the UN Office for Project Services, with the support of donor governments, is providing personal protective equipment to the country's health ministry, health care providers and communities, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

    The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners are supplying surgical masks and other paraphernalia to maternal health facilities in the capital, as well as to other states. The UNFPA is also providing supplies to midwives and helping to train health workers on how to treat pregnant women during the pandemic, he told a virtual press briefing.

    UN Women and its partners are helping women to transition their livelihood activities toward mask production. This project has a production capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 masks per week, he said.


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  •  UN Population Fund UNFPA on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to training healthcare workers and providing Personal Protection Equipment PPE aimed at protecting women and children Mrs Ulla Mueller Country Representative UNFPA gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja Mueller said UNFPA was focused on maintaining essential health services and building capacity to ensuring safe delivery for women She expressed satisfaction with the accelerated success of UNFPA in reducing maternal mortality We have come a long way in Nigeria In the past Nigeria had over 800 maternal deaths which has reduced to 514 Our concern is that some of these our successes may be rolled back because of the COVID 19 pandemic Mueller said The Nigeria representative said that UNFPA had set up call and counselling centres for protection of women against domestic violence in line with the lockdown response plans According to her Gender Based Violence GBV deprives every country of essential contributions of women The Country Rep however reiterated the determination of UNFPA to work in synergy with communities to educate women on safety measures during the COVID 19 pandemic Women need to know that there is no evidence that they are not at risk of COVID 19 infection We need also to note that COVID 19 is not a conspiracy theory and so we should stop sharing speculations in order not to instil fear she said Mueller who commended the Federal Government for responding well to COVID 19 pandemic promised a stronger partnership in protecting women and children Edited By Chioma Ugboma Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    COVID-19: UNFPA pledges commitment to health workers training, provision of PPE
     UN Population Fund UNFPA on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to training healthcare workers and providing Personal Protection Equipment PPE aimed at protecting women and children Mrs Ulla Mueller Country Representative UNFPA gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja Mueller said UNFPA was focused on maintaining essential health services and building capacity to ensuring safe delivery for women She expressed satisfaction with the accelerated success of UNFPA in reducing maternal mortality We have come a long way in Nigeria In the past Nigeria had over 800 maternal deaths which has reduced to 514 Our concern is that some of these our successes may be rolled back because of the COVID 19 pandemic Mueller said The Nigeria representative said that UNFPA had set up call and counselling centres for protection of women against domestic violence in line with the lockdown response plans According to her Gender Based Violence GBV deprives every country of essential contributions of women The Country Rep however reiterated the determination of UNFPA to work in synergy with communities to educate women on safety measures during the COVID 19 pandemic Women need to know that there is no evidence that they are not at risk of COVID 19 infection We need also to note that COVID 19 is not a conspiracy theory and so we should stop sharing speculations in order not to instil fear she said Mueller who commended the Federal Government for responding well to COVID 19 pandemic promised a stronger partnership in protecting women and children Edited By Chioma Ugboma Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    COVID-19: UNFPA pledges commitment to health workers training, provision of PPE
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    COVID-19: UNFPA pledges commitment to health workers training, provision of PPE

    UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on Tuesday, reiterated its commitment to training healthcare workers and providing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) aimed at protecting women and children.

    Mrs Ulla Mueller, Country Representative, UNFPA, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

    Mueller said UNFPA was focused on maintaining essential health services and building capacity to ensuring safe delivery for women.

    She expressed satisfaction with the accelerated success of UNFPA in reducing maternal mortality.

    “We have come a long way in Nigeria.

    “In the past, Nigeria had over 800 maternal deaths, which has reduced to 514.

    “Our concern is that some of these our successes may be rolled back because of the COVID-19 pandemic,’’ Mueller said.

    The Nigeria representative said that UNFPA had set up call and counselling centres for protection of women against domestic violence in line with the lockdown response plans.

    According to her, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) deprives every country of essential contributions of women.

    The Country Rep., however, reiterated the determination of UNFPA to work in synergy with communities to educate women on safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Women need to know that there is no evidence that they are not at risk of COVID-19 infection.

    “We need also to note that COVID-19 is not a conspiracy theory and so, we should stop sharing speculations in order not to instil fear,’’ she said.

    Mueller, who commended the Federal Government for responding well to COVID-19 pandemic, promised a stronger partnership in protecting women and children.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  Ongoing lockdowns and major disruptions to health services during the COVID 19 pandemic could result in 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months according to data released on Tuesday by the UN Population Fund UNFPA and partners They estimate that the number of women unable to access family planning or facing unintended pregnancies gender based violence and other harmful practices could skyrocket by millions due to the crisis according to a press release obtained by Xinhua This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID 19 could soon have on women and girls globally said Natalia Kanem UNFPA Executive Director The pandemic is deepening inequalities and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health The research was conducted by UNFPA in collaboration with Avenir Health Johns Hopkins University in the United States and Victoria University in Australia COVID 19 is having an enormous impact on women and girls as health systems become overloaded and facilities close or provide a limited set of services which they need At the same time many women and girls also are skipping important medical check ups for fear of contracting the virus said the press release Globally around 450 million women across 114 low and middle income countries use contraceptives according to UNFPA and partners They project that if health services remain disrupted and lockdowns continue for six months some 47 million in these countries may not be able to access modern contraceptives resulting in around 7 million unintended pregnancies There also will be 31 million additional cases of gender based violence during the same period with 15 million more cases expected for every three months the lockdowns continue the press release said Similarly an additional 13 million child marriages could take place this decade as the crisis has disrupted efforts to stop this practice XINHUA
    COVID-19 could lead to millions of unintended pregnancies: UN-backed data
     Ongoing lockdowns and major disruptions to health services during the COVID 19 pandemic could result in 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months according to data released on Tuesday by the UN Population Fund UNFPA and partners They estimate that the number of women unable to access family planning or facing unintended pregnancies gender based violence and other harmful practices could skyrocket by millions due to the crisis according to a press release obtained by Xinhua This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID 19 could soon have on women and girls globally said Natalia Kanem UNFPA Executive Director The pandemic is deepening inequalities and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health The research was conducted by UNFPA in collaboration with Avenir Health Johns Hopkins University in the United States and Victoria University in Australia COVID 19 is having an enormous impact on women and girls as health systems become overloaded and facilities close or provide a limited set of services which they need At the same time many women and girls also are skipping important medical check ups for fear of contracting the virus said the press release Globally around 450 million women across 114 low and middle income countries use contraceptives according to UNFPA and partners They project that if health services remain disrupted and lockdowns continue for six months some 47 million in these countries may not be able to access modern contraceptives resulting in around 7 million unintended pregnancies There also will be 31 million additional cases of gender based violence during the same period with 15 million more cases expected for every three months the lockdowns continue the press release said Similarly an additional 13 million child marriages could take place this decade as the crisis has disrupted efforts to stop this practice XINHUA
    COVID-19 could lead to millions of unintended pregnancies: UN-backed data
    Foreign2 years ago

    COVID-19 could lead to millions of unintended pregnancies: UN-backed data

    Ongoing lockdowns and major disruptions to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic could result in 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months, according to data released on Tuesday by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners.

    They estimate that the number of women unable to access family planning or facing unintended pregnancies, gender-based violence and other harmful practices, could "skyrocket" by millions due to the crisis, according to a press release obtained by Xinhua.

    "This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally," said Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director. "The pandemic is deepening inequalities, and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health."

    The research was conducted by UNFPA, in collaboration with Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University in the United States, and Victoria University in Australia.

    COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on women and girls as health systems become overloaded and facilities close, or provide a limited set of services which they need. At the same time, many women and girls also are skipping important medical check-ups for fear of contracting the virus, said the press release.

    Globally, around 450 million women across 114 low and middle-income countries use contraceptives, according to UNFPA and partners.

    They project that if health services remain disrupted and lockdowns continue for six months, some 47 million in these countries may not be able to access modern contraceptives, resulting in around 7 million unintended pregnancies.

    There also will be 31 million additional cases of gender-based violence during the same period, with 15 million more cases expected for every three months the lockdowns continue, the press release said.

    Similarly, an additional 13 million child marriages could take place this decade as the crisis has disrupted efforts to stop this practice.


    (XINHUA)

  •  The UN Population Fund UNFPA West Central Africa Regional Office WCARO on Saturday says education is key to ending maternal deaths instability and underdevelopment in the region Mr Mabingue Ngom UNFPA Regional Director said this in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja According to him the West Central African region is worst hit by challenges of maternal deaths instability and underdevelopment About 55 per cent of young people in Burkina Faso Mali and Niger are out of school Compulsory education for girls is paramount to overcoming challenges of maternal deaths and terror Such is the epicenter of the crisis and very worrisome at a time of terror groups Keep girls at schools it will have positive impact on the society generally because she have access to family planning If a woman has access to family planning that means maternal deaths would reduce drastically he said Ngom noted that taking census of the population every 10 years was necessary and good adding that UN Agency would support members to overcome the task of conducting census in order to reap Demographic Dividends DD The Regional Director said UNFPA was committed to the implementation of Cairo commitment by ensuring that women had access to reproductive rights Ngom said that they would continue to work with traditional leaders in accelerating progress for a Gender Based Violence GBV free region He said that political leaders in the region had done well in their response to ending GBV stressing that UNFPA would support any measure taken to end violence against women and girls The UN official said that UNFPA would also intervene in the fight against the dreadful impact of COVID 19 on the region in areas of planning prevention and cure He said the intervention would assist the member countries through contact tracing as they did in Liberia Guinea and Sierra Leone during the Ebola virus outbreak We will help countries pass information we will help them plan as well as reinforce the health system especially when it affects women and girls he said Ngom said that UNFPA was determined to ensure that women and girls were protected during crisis in areas of humanitarian situation and also giving the perpetrators deserving treatment Edited By Chidinma Agu Rabiu Sani Ali NAN
    Education panacea to maternal deaths, instability, underdevelopment-UNFPA
     The UN Population Fund UNFPA West Central Africa Regional Office WCARO on Saturday says education is key to ending maternal deaths instability and underdevelopment in the region Mr Mabingue Ngom UNFPA Regional Director said this in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja According to him the West Central African region is worst hit by challenges of maternal deaths instability and underdevelopment About 55 per cent of young people in Burkina Faso Mali and Niger are out of school Compulsory education for girls is paramount to overcoming challenges of maternal deaths and terror Such is the epicenter of the crisis and very worrisome at a time of terror groups Keep girls at schools it will have positive impact on the society generally because she have access to family planning If a woman has access to family planning that means maternal deaths would reduce drastically he said Ngom noted that taking census of the population every 10 years was necessary and good adding that UN Agency would support members to overcome the task of conducting census in order to reap Demographic Dividends DD The Regional Director said UNFPA was committed to the implementation of Cairo commitment by ensuring that women had access to reproductive rights Ngom said that they would continue to work with traditional leaders in accelerating progress for a Gender Based Violence GBV free region He said that political leaders in the region had done well in their response to ending GBV stressing that UNFPA would support any measure taken to end violence against women and girls The UN official said that UNFPA would also intervene in the fight against the dreadful impact of COVID 19 on the region in areas of planning prevention and cure He said the intervention would assist the member countries through contact tracing as they did in Liberia Guinea and Sierra Leone during the Ebola virus outbreak We will help countries pass information we will help them plan as well as reinforce the health system especially when it affects women and girls he said Ngom said that UNFPA was determined to ensure that women and girls were protected during crisis in areas of humanitarian situation and also giving the perpetrators deserving treatment Edited By Chidinma Agu Rabiu Sani Ali NAN
    Education panacea to maternal deaths, instability, underdevelopment-UNFPA
    Health2 years ago

    Education panacea to maternal deaths, instability, underdevelopment-UNFPA

    The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), West Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) on Saturday says education is key to ending maternal deaths, instability and underdevelopment in the region.

    Mr Mabingue Ngom, UNFPA Regional Director,  said this in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

    According to him, the West Central African region is worst hit by challenges of maternal deaths, instability and underdevelopment.

    ”About 55 per cent of young people in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are out of school.

    ”Compulsory education for girls is paramount to overcoming challenges of maternal deaths and terror.

    “Such is the epicenter of the crisis and very worrisome at a time of terror groups.

    “Keep girls at schools, it will have positive impact on the society generally because she have access to family planning.

    “If a woman has access to family planning, that means maternal deaths would reduce drastically,” he said.

    Ngom noted that taking census of the population every 10-years was necessary and good, adding that UN Agency would support members to overcome the task of conducting census in order to reap Demographic Dividends (DD).

    The Regional Director said UNFPA was committed to the implementation of Cairo commitment by ensuring that women had access to reproductive rights.

    Ngom said that they would continue to work with traditional leaders in accelerating progress for a Gender Based Violence (GBV) free region.

    He said that political leaders in the region had done well in their response to ending GBV, stressing that UNFPA would support any measure taken to end violence against women and girls.

    The UN official said that UNFPA would also intervene in the fight against the dreadful impact of COVID-19 on the region in areas of planning, prevention and cure.

    He said the intervention would assist the member countries through contact tracing as they did in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone during the Ebola virus outbreak.

    “We will help countries pass information, we will help them plan as well as reinforce the health system especially when it affects women and girls,” he said.

    Ngom said that UNFPA was determined to ensure that women and girls were protected during crisis, in areas of humanitarian situation and also giving the perpetrators deserving treatment.


    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Rabiu Sani Ali
    (NAN)

  •  UN Population Fund UNFPA and the Canadian Government have constituted a Project Steering Committee PSC to oversee activities toward tackling Gender Based Violence GBV and Harmful Traditional Practices HTP in the country The committee was raised on Thursday during a two day stakeholders orientation workshop and Project Steering Committee PSC meeting of the anada project in Abuja Dr Muideen Olatunji the Executive Secretary of Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board emerged the chair of the s PSC while Dr Aliyu Maigoro the Bauchi State Commissioner for Health emerged as Deputy Chair Others on the committee are Hajiya Kulu Abdullahi the Sokoto State Commissioner for Women Affairs as Secretary 1 while representative of UNFPA is to act as Secretary 2 to provide technical assistance to the committee The committee which shall officially meet once every six months apart from emergency meetings when the need arises shall form quorum with six members during any meeting The new PSC is to hold its next meeting in September The Canada funded project launched in March 2018 to run till February 2021 is aimed at addressing gaps in GBV and HTPs in the country It is also aimed at achieving zero Female Genital Mutilation FGM and Harmful Practices HPs zero preventable maternal deaths and zero unmet need for Family Planning FP The PSC was chaired by the Sokoto State commissioner for Budget and Planning during the first year of the project It is made up of representatives of key organisations who are partners in the project or those with particular expertise to lend to the project Others are clients with intended users of the output of the project The committee is to also to monitor project implementation identify risk areas among others Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    UNFPA, Canada constitute committee on GBV/HTP project
     UN Population Fund UNFPA and the Canadian Government have constituted a Project Steering Committee PSC to oversee activities toward tackling Gender Based Violence GBV and Harmful Traditional Practices HTP in the country The committee was raised on Thursday during a two day stakeholders orientation workshop and Project Steering Committee PSC meeting of the anada project in Abuja Dr Muideen Olatunji the Executive Secretary of Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board emerged the chair of the s PSC while Dr Aliyu Maigoro the Bauchi State Commissioner for Health emerged as Deputy Chair Others on the committee are Hajiya Kulu Abdullahi the Sokoto State Commissioner for Women Affairs as Secretary 1 while representative of UNFPA is to act as Secretary 2 to provide technical assistance to the committee The committee which shall officially meet once every six months apart from emergency meetings when the need arises shall form quorum with six members during any meeting The new PSC is to hold its next meeting in September The Canada funded project launched in March 2018 to run till February 2021 is aimed at addressing gaps in GBV and HTPs in the country It is also aimed at achieving zero Female Genital Mutilation FGM and Harmful Practices HPs zero preventable maternal deaths and zero unmet need for Family Planning FP The PSC was chaired by the Sokoto State commissioner for Budget and Planning during the first year of the project It is made up of representatives of key organisations who are partners in the project or those with particular expertise to lend to the project Others are clients with intended users of the output of the project The committee is to also to monitor project implementation identify risk areas among others Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    UNFPA, Canada constitute committee on GBV/HTP project
    Health3 years ago

    UNFPA, Canada constitute committee on GBV/HTP project

    UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Canadian Government have constituted a Project Steering Committee (PSC) to oversee activities toward tackling Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Harmful Traditional Practices (HTP) in the country.

    The committee was raised on Thursday during a two-day stakeholders orientation workshop and Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the anada project in Abuja.

    Dr Muideen Olatunji, the Executive Secretary of Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board, emerged the chair of the s PSC, while Dr Aliyu Maigoro, the Bauchi State Commissioner for Health, emerged as Deputy Chair.

    Others on the committee are Hajiya Kulu Abdullahi, the Sokoto State Commissioner for Women Affairs as Secretary 1, while representative of UNFPA is to act as Secretary 2, to provide technical assistance to the committee. 

    The committee, which shall officially meet once every six months apart from emergency meetings when the need arises, shall form quorum with six members during any meeting.

    The new PSC is to hold its next meeting in September.

    The Canada-funded project launched in March 2018 to run till February 2021 is aimed at addressing gaps in GBV and HTPs in the country.

    It is also aimed at achieving zero Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Harmful Practices (HPs), zero preventable maternal deaths and zero unmet need for Family Planning (FP).

    The PSC was chaired by the Sokoto State commissioner for Budget and Planning during the first year of the project.

    It is made up of representatives of key organisations who are partners in the project or those with particular expertise to lend to the project.

    Others are clients with intended users of the output of the project.

    The committee is to also to monitor project implementation, identify risk areas, among others.


    Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)