Family Planning: SOGON-PAS Partners Media, Others On Advocacy

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria, (SOGON) and Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health At Scale, (Pacfah@Scale), has said it would work with media and civil organizations, in Kaduna state to improve the health of mothers and newborns particularly in area of fundings for family planning.

Project Director of SOGON-PAS, Dr. Habib Sadauki, disclosed at the opening of a two-day Coalition meeting with CSOs and media partners in Kaduna on Wednesday.

He explained that the project is mainly concerned with the health of mothers and newborns in the country, hence, the emphasis on how it can advance the health of mothers through child-spacing to check the problems of unplanned and unintended pregnancies.
According to him, over the years, fundings for family planning has not been impressive, adding that without funds government cannot set up a programme that will reach women in the rural areas who are the vulnerables and the ones that requires the programme
Dr. Sadauki added that the main step in realising the goals of the group is to form coalitions of like minds CSOs drawn from different background on health of mothers and newborns activities.

He further disclosed that the main emphasis in the coalition is to come together to form a family planning coalition, and funding of the programme in Nigeria.

“Our aim is to see how we can work with governments to improve on the funding and timely release of funds to achieve the desired goals.

“We shall also be identifying, as part of the objectives influential people in the state who will be our champions to work as influencers when we go to visit His Excellency, the executive governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El Rufai.
“We will be able to monitor our activities in the state in terms of development of FP budget tracking tool and score card for coalition that will be used to assess performance on the budget for FP programme in the state.

“We are also working at the national level, replicating exactly what you are doing here in Kaduna, tracking budget,” he said

In her remarks, the Reproductive Health/Family Planning Coordinator, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, (SPHCDA) Hajiya Hafisat Isah said the state will cooperate with the two organizations in the project in order to record a huge success.

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