FG, NGOs deliberate over Gender in Family and Reproductive Health in Nigeria

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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 in Nigeria is organizing a one day high level meeting  to update states on the new Family Planning policies and policy revisions, as well as deliberate on the gender analysis of family planning and reproductive health in Nigeria.

In a statement signed by the Senior Technical Advisor to dRPC-PAS project, Dr Emmanuel Abanida, the meeting will also discuss gender analysis in family planning and reproductive health. Under the gender analysis, nine national policy documents were reviewed and assessed and 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),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),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).

He said the meeting is a strategic engagement where a group of state level FP focal persons and civil society actors will be apprised of the new policy direction of the FMOH on FP.

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

Dr Abanida further explained that the meeting is the fourth in a series of update workshops with the FMOH under the PAS project. The PAS project supported the FMOH to convene strategic workshops on Task Shifting and Task Sharing, policy, is currently supporting SOGON in the FP Blueprint (2019-2023) review process, and collaborated with the FMOH over the dissemination of new guidelines to end childhood killer diseases.

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