By Prudence Ijah, Abuja
Africa Health Budget Network has advocated for sustainable financing for the National family planning program in the country.
The Coordinator of Africa Health Budget Network, Dr Aminu Magashi Garba disclosed that the sum of four million dollars have been allocated annually from 2017-2020 for the procurement of Contraceptives for the public sector.
He however called for more funding for the procurement of Contraceptives for members of the public.
Speaking at a webinar on the topic: Nigeria’s Family Planning Commitment: Key Findings from the use of the Motion Tracker in 2019 and 2020, Dr Magashi
reiterated the need for improved funding fo| procurement of contraceptives.
In his words; “there is funding gap in Family planning in 2020. We need more advocacy, government need to put in more money for the program. We need to ensure that the funding gap is identified and addressed annually “.
In the same vein, he added that there is need to improve access and create enabling environment for Sexual and Reproductive Health services across Nigeria.
“We need to contribute to improve preparedness and response where humanitarian crisis occurs. Though in time past, we have been on track by collaborating with Federal Ministry of Health, Youth, and that of Education, in designing appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Health message.”
Dr Magashi noted that 3,000 Community Health care workers have been trained to deliver range of Contraceptives, and also suport task shifting by 2020.
The Coordinator explained that some of the challenges experienced in Family Planning tracking include; overall reduction of health sector budget, making it difficult to access funds for Family Planning budget .
The Director and Head of Reproductive Health Division, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Kayode Afolabi who was the lead discussant at the webminar while speaking on the challenges of access to contraceptives by the youth’s stated that youth friendly services such as an integrated service is a tested and tried approach that needs to be adopted.
In his words, “family planning is voluntary for both uptake and removal hence the need for more advocacy in order to reach out to more youth’s for uptake of this service”
“We need to get involved more in youth friendly services that is targeted to a particular demography. These services are usually a tested approach”.
While responding to questions from newsmen, Dr Afolabi stressed the need for more advocacy towards improved financing.
The Motion Tracker is a customized, dynamic, framework for strengthening accountability and driving action by keeping commitment visible and highlighting progress.
Family Planning 2020 is a global partnership to empower women and girls by investing in their rights- based family planning.
At the webminar, it was revealed that 14,000 primary health care centres are presently providing family planning services while the goal is expected to reach 20,000 health centre’s before the end of this year.