Federal Government has restated commitment to achieving a 27 per cent Modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (MCPR) among women by 2024 through increased financial investments in family planning.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Daju Kachollom, renewed the commitment in Abuja, on Wednesday, at the opening of two-day annual national pause and reflect moment of the Society for Family Health’s Adolescent 360 programme (A360) with the theme “Consolidating the Gains of Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Programming in Nigeria”.
Dr. Kachollom who was represented by Dr Stella Nwosu, Director of Family Health, Federal Ministry of Health, said the current phase of A360 Amplify Programme placed a strong emphasis on human-centered design and integration into government health and development systems.
She said the strategic shift was driven by the collective recognition that lasting impact and sustainability can only be achieved through the seamless integration of Adolescent and Sexual Health (ASH) services into the healthcare landscape.
She called on state governments to begin to brainstorm on innovative approaches to sustain the programme, making reference to the importance of the work which extend far beyond the lifespan of A360.
She said: “Our commitments to adaptation is pivotal to achieving institutionalization and sustainability. It’s our duty to ensure that the gains achieved thus far are not short-lived but become an enduring legacy that future generations can build upon”.
The Managing Director, Society for Family Health (SFH), Dr. Omokhudu Idogho, said in his welcome address that, over the years, SFH had worked in close partnership with government and development partners to advance gender equality and further the empowerment of women and girls.
“This has helped towards increasing the chances of meeting the SDGs goals as related to health, nutrition, education, gender equality, and even food security.”
Dr. Idogho who was represented by Dr. Jennifer Anyanti, confirmed that the project has achieved key milestones by supporting on expansion of youth-focused service delivery, working to attain, at least, 70 per cent of PHC coverage in focal states.
Meanwhile, the SFH Project Director, Ms. Roseyln Odeh, in her remarks, said the event was an opportunity to assess the progress made thus far, develop strategies for greater effectiveness, and building the political will necessary to overcome the identified challenges.