The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and other ministries, departments and agencies have launched the Nigeria Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent, and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Coordination Platform.
The Platform whose launch was announced October 9 by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has through extensive consultation been formed to better understand and tackle issues around partnership and the health of women, children, adolescents and the elderly.
For the implementation of the platform, the minister said: “at least $252 million will be required for full implementation of the Blueprint across federal, state, local government and community levels.”
The family blueprint which will also be known as ‘the scale-up plan’ aims to facilitate a coordinated and wholistic implementation of interventions to scale up the delivery and uptake of quantity and affordable family planning services in Nigeria. Its six thematic areas include demand creation, service delivery, procurement and supply chain management, policy advocacy (policy and environment), finance, supervision, monitoring and coordination.
The National Advocacy Strategy for the RMNCAEH+N programme will serve as an effective tool to guide advocacy efforts aimed at securing the buy-in of policy- and decision-makers for the articulation of enabling policies and increased allocation of resources for RMNCAEH+N programmes at all level
Dr. Ehanire announced that the committee will be co-chaired with the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen. He said, “In recognition of the magnitude and diversity of the issues at hand, I will be co-chairing this committee with my sister, Dame Paulin Tallen, the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs.
“Together we will steer the course of this platform. The vice-chairs shall be His Royal Highness the Emir of Shonga, Dr. Yahaya Haliru and Dr. Edugie Abebe, both are Nigerians who served in many capacities within and outside government settings.”
The minister added that the platform will meet once a year.
“This platform shall be meeting once a year unless exigencies of duty necessitate additional “extraordinary” sessions. The Secretariat for the platform shall be the Department of Family Health, Federal Ministry of Health,” he said.
He also added that the RMNCAEH+N Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Coordination Platform was to strengthen the divergent national capacity and improve alignment towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage, in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), a medium-term plan for 2017-2020 developed by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.