The Association for the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP) was awarded a grant to implement a six (6) month (October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018) project that would advance FP funding in Nigeria through targeted advocacy to the key decision makers.
The project is focused on strategic engagement with the government to ensure its continued investment in family planning by the fulfilment of its commitment made at the London summit of increasing the CPR to 27% by 2020 through the following;
1. Increasing its annual allocation for contraceptives to $4M;
2. Ensuring total disbursement of $56M to the states through its Global Financing Facility and IDA loans;
3. Expanding implementation of its task-shifting policy to include patent medicine vendors and community resource individuals to improve access to FP services in difficult-to-reach areas and among disadvantaged populations;
4. Using its Minimal Initial Service Package for SRH, especially for its national preparedness and response where humanitarian crises occur;
5. Removing regulatory barriers and taking to scale access to new contraceptive methods such as sub-cutaneous DMPA injections.
6. Transforming its last-mile distribution of health/FP commodities, using a push-model system, and collaborating with the private sector for optimal transportation, haulage and tracking of commodities using its electronic logistics management solution.
7. Investing in a robust accountability system that tracks and reports annually real-time, domestic resource FP expenditures at national and state levels.
8. Increasing the number of health facilities providing FP services in each of its states and federal territory to 20,000.
9. Leveraging 10,000-functional primary health care facilities to foster positive attitudes about planning families.
10. Partnering with all stakeholders and gatekeepers to reduce socio-cultural barriers to use of family planning services.
11. Collaborating with line ministries to ensure the provision of age-appropriate SRH information to youth through the Family Life Health Education Curriculum and youth-friendly services in health facilities and other outlets; and
12. Collaborating with states, donors, and other stakeholders on a health insurance scheme to make household FP expenditures reimbursable.
The PAI project ultimately aims to ensure that money budgeted for FP is released for the purpose.