To support their academic achievements and skill development, DAFI scholars receive additional support through close monitoring, academic preparatory and language classes based on students’ needs, as well as psychosocial support, mentoring and networking opportunities.
The spot check further confirmed the fact that the 2019 Kaduna state health sector budget has no specific budget line for family planning activities. Only procurement of family planning/reproductive health commodities and consumable was captured in the Drug management agency (DMA) budget and allocated NGN 120,000,000 with no releases till date..
Nigeria falls significantly short of the universal health coverage (UHC) targets set by the nation. Nigeria’s public health expenditure is sub-optimal, with out of pocket expenditure at 71.5 %, a 0.2% decrease from 2014 WHO Global Health Observatory for Nigeria. The relatively high levels of private out of pocket expenditure do not reflect improvements in the health systems and the achievement of the goal of UHC. Access in Nigeria to lifesaving drugs for the poor and vulnerable is generally low, with only a proportion afforded adequate coverage. Two of such drugs in focus are Amoxicillin DT and Zinc-LO-ORS described by UNICEF and WHO as effective and cheap for the first line treatment for childhood pneumonia and diarrhea, respectively.
It is on this premise that the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale (PACFaH@Scale) project, a social accountability project anchored by the development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) sought to expand healthcare access to the poor and vulnerable by advocating for the inclusion of the WHO recommended treatment protocols and the subsequent increase in the implementation of the newly adopted policies to end childhood killer disease (Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablet and co-pack Zinc-LO-ORS for Childhood Pneumonia & Diarrhoea respectively) through the Primary Health Care (PHC) system and with community pharmacists (CPs) and patent proprietary medicines vendors (PPMVs) as private sector providers at National level and in Niger, Kaduna and Kano States.
As national and sub-national governments look forward to meeting their family planning objectives and targets by the year 2020, we are seeing low client acceptor owing to long lasting issues such as attitude of health workers, movement of clients, need for more stores, lack of consumables and data disparity as some of the challenges to meeting this target.