Nigerian govt, CSOs to deliberate on gender role in family, reproductive health

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The development Research and Project Center, dRPC, under the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health @ Scale (PAS) project, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and Civil Society Organizations, is organizing a one-day high-level meeting to update states on the new Family Planning policies and policy revisions in the country.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by the Senior Technical Advisor to dRPC-PAS project, Dr Emmanuel Abanida, said the Thursday’s meeting will also deliberate on the gender analysis of family planning and reproductive health in the country.

According to the statement, under the gender analysis, nine national policy documents which were reviewed and assessed will be presented to the participants.

“Four (4) of the documents are draft policies: These documents are the National Reproductive Health Policy (2017), Draft National Health Policy (2016), Draft National Child Health Policy (2016), Draft National Strategic Health Development Plan 11 (2017 – 2021).

“Others include Nigeria Family Planning Blueprint (Scale Up Plan) 2014, Nigeria Strategy for Immunisation and PHC System Strengthening (2018-2028), Draft Reproductive, Maternal, New-Born, Child Adolescent Health + nutrition Strategy (2017-2012).

“The rest are Implementation Guidelines for PHC Under One Roof (2018), and the National Guideline for the Implementation of Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Illness in Nigeria (2013),” the statement noted.

Mr Abanida stated that the meeting would be a strategic engagement where a group of state-level Family Planning, PF, focal persons and civil society actors will be apprised of the new policy direction of the health ministry on FP programme.

“At this meeting, the FP stakeholders will be presented with findings of a scoping and meta-analysis of these various policies,” he added.

The senior technical advisor further explained that the meeting is the fourth in a series of update workshops with the FMOH under the PAS project.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the PAS project supported by the ministry of health to convene strategic workshops on Task Shifting and Task Sharing policy is currently supporting SOGON in the FP Blueprint (2019-2023) review process.

It is also collaborating with the FMOH over the dissemination of new guidelines to end childhood killer diseases.