November 13, 2023 — The Kaduna state government says it is committed to financing family planning to achieve the federal government’s 27 per cent modern contraceptive prevalence rate (MCPR) among women of reproductive age by 2024.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Aisha Sadiq, stated this over the weekend in Kaduna during a project mid-dissemination meeting of the Society for Family Health’s Adolescent 360 Amplify Project (A360) in partnership with the Ministry and Primary Health Care Board tagged “Repositioning Towards Sustainable and Scalable Impact, Empowering Adolescents for a Healthier Future”.
Blueprint reports that A360 is a four-year project funded by the Bill & Belinda Gates Foundation and Children Investment Fund, led and implemented by Population Services International and the Society for Family Health in Nigeria (SFH).
According to her, the current phase of the A360 amplify programme has placed a strong emphasis on Human-Centred Design (HCD) and integration into government health and development systems.
“I am happy with the program and how it targets married adolescents in the community by improving the knowledge base and empowering them to aim for higher status in life, adding it is evident that the objectives with these girls, where they educate them on sexual reproductive health, communication skills, financial risk management, menstrual hygiene, and also trained them on manufacturing products, which I have patronize them myself.
The project has helped change the behavior of these married adolescent girls and it has reduced KD the negative implications of maternal mortality and child mortality, stressing Kaduna State Government has already put modalities to sustain and improve the program,” she added.
The Deputy Project Director (DPD) A360 Amplify, Haj. Rakiya Idris disclosed that the project tagged ‘Matasa Matan Arewa aims at improving the sexual health reproductive education of married adolescent girls aged 15-19 years in the North, explaining that the concept was first conceived in 2016 in the South-South tagged “Naija girls” and because of the peculiarity of the North, the project was tagged Matasa Matan Arewa.