The Federal Government of Nigeria has expressed determination towards improving reproductive health and pandemic resilience in Nigeria through effective design to contribute to the reduction of maternal death and unplanned pregnancies that will improve the health of women and girls by the provision of high-quality resilient information and services.
The Minister of State for Health, Hon Joseph Nkama Ekumakama made this known during the 3-year tripartite agreement signed in his office Tuesday in Abuja.
Hon Ekumakama who represented the Federal Government of Nigeria co-signed with Mr. Emmanuel Ajah, Country Director of Marie Stopes International Organization, Nigeria, and was monitored by the representative from the German Embassy in Nigeria, Susanne Schroder.
The objective of the planned intervention project is that women and girls particularly adolescents are empowered to choose high-quality integrated SRH products and pandemic-resilient information and services, while the project will achieve four key outputs, improved knowledge and choice through social norm change and increase community support, drive sustainability and national ownership of SRH programs through partnership advocacy and enabling supportive legal and financial policy frameworks, improve access to and expanded choice of voluntary and integrated SRH Services. Increased resilience to hardships and violations exacerbated by pandemic situations through information and guidance support.
Meanwhile, direct beneficiaries are women of reproductive age including a focus on adolescents, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, and SQBV Survivors as well as men, while indirect beneficiaries are religious leaders, community leaders, healthcare service providers, and government staff.
Finally, the project service delivery location in Nigeria will be concentrated in the 5 northern states namely:- Adamawa, Taraba, Zamfara, Kebbi, and Katsina in other to reach the most vulnerable populations.
The project is planned for a period of 36 months, expected to start in 2023. The German Government, through KFW Development Bank, will support the project with 16,940,00 million euros.
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