Historically in Nigeria, FP in Nigeria has been driven and funded totally by donors. In 2011, the government for the first time budgeted the equivalent of three million USD ($3million) annually for the period of 2011-2015 for the procurement of FP contraceptives in support for the free FP services in all public health facilities initiated in 2011.
It is with great delight that we announce the Nomination/Invitation of one of our partner CSO Project Director, Mrs. Beatrice Eluaka as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Media Centre Against Child Malnutrition (MeCAM) in Honorary Capacity.
According to WHO, pneumonia and diarrhoea are the 2nd and 3rd leading causes of under 5 child deaths in the world, which accounts for about 40% of total child deaths in Nigeria. The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)is the leading PACFaH partner advocating for the adoption of Amoxicillin DT as first line treatment for childhood pneumonia and Zinc/ORS co pack as treatment for childhood diarrhoea.
Family Planning has been proven and universally acknowledged as a method of preventing deaths from pregnancy and childbirth. By preventing pregnancies too early, too frequently, too many times and too early, family planning saves lives. But unfortunately, Nigeria has over the last decade not seen significant improvement in family planning interventions, as many Nigerian states do not have budgetlines for family planning funding.
According to the World Health organization, immunization programs globally have saved the lives of more than thirty million children in the last 15 years. With this critical impact of immunization to health, the WHO declared the period of 2011-2020 the “Decade of vaccines” this was backed with a vision to accelerate the public health impact of global vaccination by 2020.
The right nutrition is an essential building block for health and well-being, especially in the first 1,000 days. It provides the best start for children, protecting against illness and developing strong brains and bodies that fuel their futures. Creating and funding nutrition budget line is a great step towards ending hunger and malnutrition in Nigeria. We believe that scaling up works and increasing financial investment in nutrition will stop many preventable deaths from malnutrition.
Health has been one of the major challenges in Nigeria especially for women and children. According to UNICEF; every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world. The factors surrounding the sorrow and misery to many of Nigerian families especially at the grassroots level which are as a result of poor health facilities, lack of awareness, lack of basic health care facilities and lack of finance to access the health care centers.