PACFaH@Scale (PAS) continues to advocate for upscaled investment in child healthcare by the government of Nigeria and its partners to reduce negative health indices in Lagos, Kaduna, Kano and, Kaduna States respectively.
Through its network of grantees, a multi-pronged strategy is being implemented, to leave no one behind, as duty bearers and state actors in the health sector are being influenced to invest not only the requisite funding, but human and technical resources needed to provide essential first mile health services across Nigeria
In Kano state, the coalition on the 6th of August 2019 conducted an advocacy visit to the governor of His Excellency, D.r Umar Ganduje. During the advocacy visit, the Kano PAS coalition secured the commitment of the governor to set up the governing board for the state primary health care board which the coalition is currently following up on.
The Kano advocates also conducted an advocacy visit to the executive Secretary of the Kano State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, KSPHCMB and the director family health of the agency on the 2nd August 2019.
In Kaduna State, the PAS Coalition conducted an advocacy visit to the permanent secretary ministry of health on the 7th August 2019 and on the 23 August, 2019 conducted and advocacy visit to the deputy Governor of the state. They participated in the Kaduna state university faculty of social science 2019 international conference with the sub theme Healthcare, Service delivery and quality of life and Assessment of the 255PHCs in Kaduna state.
In Niger State, the coalition met with the Permanent Secretary of the state’s budget and planning ministry and the Executive Secretary of the state primary healthcare development agency.
In Lagos state, the Advocates visited the Permanent Secretary and the Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Dr. (Mrs) Titilayo Goncalves. And Professor Akin Abayomi respectively to advocate for an executive order to remove the barrier posted by the age of consent to young people accessing family planning services in the state.
In all these states, the advocates got commitments from the duty bearers and political leaders for improved funding, timely releases and removal of barriers militating against child and family health in their various states.