Pathfinder Partners with Ogun Government for Reproductive Health and Improved Family Planning
Feb. 14 (THEWILL) – Pathfinder International, a family planning organization, has partnered with the government of Ogun State on reproductive health and family planning initiatives aimed at further improving the well-being of women of childbearing age.
Program Manager, Reproductive Health and Family Planning, Pathfinder International, Nigeria, Malam Yusuff Nuhu, who thanked the state government for providing an enabling environment for the development of the partnership, said the agency would continue to work with the state to achieve effective health care. delivery.
In response, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, stressed the need to strengthen the organization to improve maternal and child health outcomes, adding that sex education for adolescents and young people would soon be incorporated into the school curriculum.
She told Abeokuta at a closing meeting of the Family Health Initiative (FAHIO), the state advocacy task force, organized by a donor agency, Pathfinder International, Nigeria, in collaboration with the State Primary Health Care Development Board.
Coker, who recognized the roles and impact of advocacy in implementing reproductive health and family planning programs, said the group’s activities through the agency have helped the state to record remarkable achievements in the health sector.
She added that the state’s outstanding achievement, particularly on its contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR), could not be overlooked without the partnership dynamics of Pathfinder International in providing logistics and building the capacity of various parties. stakeholders.
The commissioner said, “The state is transitioning from the old system of government funding of health care delivery to a health insurance system that will benefit everyone, and now is a better time to s ensuring that advocacy is sustained for sustainable service delivery.
Taking the floor, the Executive Secretary of the Council, Dr Elijah Ogunsola, affirmed that the support of development partners in health had had a huge impact on the activities of the Council, assuring that he would build on the successes achieved. in policy and funding.
Earlier, FAHIO President Ms. Kemi Balogun said the group was committed to helping the government achieve better health indices, through increased use of family planning contraceptives, improved funding for family planning, among others, pointing out that the Technical Sub-Working Group on Adolescent Reproductive Health-group, had been inaugurated, to advocate on issues relating to adolescent and youth reproductive health.