More FP/RI champions in the health Bureaucracy join PAS Advocates

More senior government officials from Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Lagos, Enugu,  and Taraba states recapitulate their commitments to serve as champions on Routine Immunization and Family Planning under the partnership for advocacy in child and family health at scale.

The champions made this commitment during the completion of a strategic management and leadership capacity building for government officials in the health (family planning and routine immunization) in collaboration with AMREF international university, Nairobi Kenya  9th -13th December 2019.

The champions building capacity was in fulfillment of the investment primary outcome on champions capacity building within the health bureaucracy that aims to respond to FP funding in Nigeria. It also corresponds with the IPO 11:3;2 that aims to increase the number of duty bearers in the executive and legislature self-identifying as champions of child and family health.

The New Champions

These new champions were targeted government officials currently involved in programs implementation in the area of Family Planning and Routine Immunization at the National level and in Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Lagos, Enugu and Taraba states.

SN Official State Position
1 Dr Tijjani Hussaini Kano State Executive Secretary, Kano State Primary Health Care Board
2 Mrs Atika Bakari Taraba State FP focal person, Taraba State Primary Health Care Board
3 Dr Wada Imam Bello Kano State Director Public Health
4 Mrs Okanlawon Juliana Idowu Lagos State Senior FP Officer, FP Master Trainer/ RH Unit SMoH
5 Pharm. Emily Olalere National level Director Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy Council of Nigeria
6 Dr Hauwa Kolo Niger State Director Community Health Services, NSPHCDA
7 Dr Ibrahim Idris Niger State Director Public Health
8 Dr Okaga Saidat Lagos State Director Child Survival Strategy
9 Dr Safiya Isa Inusa Kaduna State FP Unit
10 Pharm. Ahmed Ibrahim Babashehu National Level Director Planning, Pharmacy Council of Nigeria
11 Dr Okafor Christopher Sunday Enugu State Coordinator FP
12 Dr Muhammed Ado Zakari Kano State Director Hospital Services


These cohorts of twelve senior and middle cadre officials working in the areas of family planning and routine immunization has also made the following commitments:

  • Reconstitute my team with the core competencies for effective performance on FP and RI issues
  • Strategic planning of programs and deployment of the logical framework for FP and RI programs.
  • Improve team building in the departments.
  • Address Family Planning commodities stock-outs.
  • Cascade down the training to FP providers in the states.
  • Support performance management and design appraisal systems.
  • Promote advocacy on FP and RI
  • Assignment of specific targets to FP coordinators and PHCs in the states.
  • Implement the Belbin model for impact
  • Cascade the training to members of the team.

Next Steps

The champions developed a work plan that will be implemented in 2020 to support the commitments made as new champions of FP and RI under the PACFaH@Scale project. They requested the following support to enable them implement the 2020 work plan.

  • Provision of support for step down/cascading of the pieces of training.
  • Provision of some of the resources required for the activities.
  • Mentor-ship and supportive supervision
  • Support for organizing half-yearly follow up meetings.
  • Support for development and deployment of appropriate strategies
  • Increase capacity building for the Executives.
  • Support the goals through advocacy, communications and social mobilization to the Executives.
  • Support by continued partnership.

The work plan will be reviewed by the technical department of PAS for implementation in the first quarter of 2020.

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