White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria Urges Government To Increase Funding For Health Sector
The White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria,WRAN has urged the federal government of Nigeria to redouble its efforts and increase funding for the health sector for the country to have complete access to quality and equitable health care.
The chairperson of WRAN, .Dr Nanna Chidi- Emmanuel, at a media briefing in Abuja noted that the 2013 NDHS says 1 in 30 women in Nigeria continue to die during pregnancy and childbirth every single day.
“Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women giving birth. Making Nigeria the second largest contributor to under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world (UNICEF 2015).”
“I am calling the press conference to formally thank the federal government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for its commitment to improving the health sector in Nigeria.” More especially I would like to thank the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for taking time to meet with members of the White Ribbon Alliance and supporting our campaign on Citizen-Led Accountability for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Nigeria.
‘We commended the governments effort to revitalize 10, 000 primary health care centers across the country. Noting that government is doing so much to improve, maternal, newborn and child health in Nigeria, however more work is still needed.”she said.
The chairperson said the purpose of the conference was to commend the bold step the government had taken to not just endorse the campaign, but promised to support it to the fullest.
“For us as a civil society organization, there is no better time than now to welcome such a strong demonstration of leadership, responsiveness and openness to new ideas and solutions to the old challenges facing maternal, newborn and child health in Nigeria.”
“Last week we met with the Acting President, His Excellency Prof Yemi Osinbajo at the State House Abuja. The delegation from WRAN updated the Acting President about our work around citizen-led accountability for maternal, newborn and child health.”
“Our delegation emphasized that all women, children and adolescent have the human right to the highest standard of Health just as the UN Secretary Generals Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health strives for a world in which every mother can enjoy a healthy pregnancy and childbirth,” Every child can survive beyond their fifth birthday, and every woman, child and adolescent can thrive to realize their full potential and It is also intended as a guide to enable people and communities to drive change, claim their rights and hold their leaders accountable to commitments made regarding their health and wellbeing.”
White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria(WRAN) is a network of advocates across Nigeria who strive to upload the rights of all women to safe pregnancy and childbirth.
WRAN convenes diverse national and local coalitions that advocates for the right policies, sufficient resources, delivery and implementation of commitment, and information dissemination so that all girls and women are able to demand their right to safe pregnancy and childbirth. WRAN is an affiliate of the Global White Ribbon Alliance which has national alliances in fifteen countries and its Global Secretariat in Washington DC.