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SARAKI SAYS 2018 BUDGET INCLUDES 1% FOR HEALTH

Senate President Bukola Saraki said the 2018 appropriation bill will include 1% of consolidated revenue stipulated by the National Health Act to fund the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.

It is the first indication of positive move to include the 1% in health budget since 2014, When the health law was passed under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Saraki called the 1% funding the National Assembly’s ”gift” to Nigeria.
”I am very confident that the appropriation bill that will come out in the next few days will have the 1% required” he announced at the 58th scientific conference of the Nigerian Medical Association in Abuja to standing ovation.
”To us in (National Assembly) this is key to address the sector” said Saraki. ”We hope that by the time the bill is signed. we will have that 1% And that is our promise. The question now is how to ensure that the money is properly managed.

The conference is pushing to get health care into political discourse and manifestos ahead of 2019 polls and having Nigeria demand quality health services as an indicator of good governance.
Vice president Yemi Osinbajo called the 1% inclusion to fund basic primary health care ”wonderful news” but cautioned that public sector investment in health care must be ”substantially improved” but was unlikely to be ever sufficient.

Source- Daily Trust newspaper
4-5-18

On Our Population Challenge

Daily Trust Newspaper Pg. 56 Publish Date: Apr 16 2018

Most Nigerians currently have their eyes fixed on 2019 and may not see the bigger existential threats that are barrelling down on us.  Last week, at separate forums in New York and in Lagos, two eminent Nigerians warned us to take the population threat much more seriously than we are doing now. Delivering Nigeria’s statement on Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration at the 51st Session of Commission on Population and Development, Chairman of the National Population Commission [NPC] Eze Duruiheoma said our country’s population currently stands at 198 million. This is twelve million more than the World Bank’s estimates of our number two years ago. It is like worrying about a leaking roof when a hurricane is barrelling down on the town.

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FG pledges additional $4.3m for procurement of contraceptives

A modern contraceptive rate of 27 per cent among all women by 2017 has been announced just as Nigeria pledges  additional $4.3 million for procurement of contraceptives. At least 37 country governments, 16 private companies and 11 partner organizations, including civil society and private foundations, will announce commitments to accelerate progress on rights-based family planning programmes today at the Family Planning Summit. Today, leaders from around the world, including Nigeria, convened at the Family Planning Summit in London, United Kingdom, to make bold commitments that will help expand access to family planning to millions of women and girls worldwide.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/fg-pledges-additional-4-3m-procurement-contraceptives/

Nigeria will achieve 36% contraceptive prevalence rate, FG declares

The Federal Government has said that it is committed to achieving the set target of 36 per cent Family Planning, FP, Contraceptive Prevalence Rate by year 2018. Disclosing this during the FP Watch final dissemination in Abuja, the Director and Head of Reproductive Health Division, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Kayode Afolabi said notwithstanding the 2016 prevalence rate of 16 per cent, the 2018 target of 36 per cent is still achievable as Nigeria is part of the global movement on Family Planning-FP 2020. He explained that the FP 2020 goal is designed to enable 120 million women and girls to have informed choice and access to family planning information and a range of modern contraceptive methods.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/12/nigeria-will-achieve-36-contraceptive-prevalence-rate-fg-declares/

FAMILY PLANNING: NIGERIA ALLOCATES $4M ANNUALLY FOR CONTRACEPTIVES

NIGERIA has restated its commitment towards ensuring access of women to family planning services and commodities with a  pledge to achieve a modern contraceptive rate of 27 per cent among all women by 2020.

Nigeria also committed to increasing its annual allocation for contraceptives from $3 million to $4 million while ensuring total disbursement of $56 million to the states through participation in the Global Financing Facility and international development assistance loans.

The commitments were made as over 60 leaders from around the world,  gathered at 2017 Family Planning Summit in London, to make bold commitments that will expand access to family planning to millions of women and girls worldwide. Commitments were made to the tune of $2.5 billion by 2020, with  $1.5 billion committed by countries in Asia and Africa… Read more here

 

FAMILY PLANNING: Nigeria allocates $4m annually for contraceptives

Family Planning: AAFP rallies stakeholders towards achieving 2020 goals

ABUJA – The Association for the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP), has said it would ensure Nigeria makes significant contributions to global push in helping additional 120 women of reproductive age access family planning services by 2020.

At a meeting to galvanize support from stakeholders on the new global 2020 family planning drive (otherwise known as FP 2020) in Abuja recently, Chairman of the organization, Dr. Ejike Oji said all ministries of government and relevant stakeholders were being reminded on the need to fulfill the commitments they had made to the realization of the country’s pledge at the 2012 and 2017 London Family Planning Summits.

Speaking with Nigerian Health Online at the meeting, Ejike noted that civil society organizations in Nigeria, which he represents as Focal Person, were also working to ensure that the ambitions are realized.

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Family Planning: AAFP rallies stakeholders towards achieving 2020 goals

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