Maternal and Child Health Updates

Communique Issued at One-Day Legislative Dialogue on Maternal Health Accountability

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF ONE-DAY LEGISLATIVE DIALOGUE ON MATERNAL HEALTH ACCOUNTABILITY ORGANISED BY CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) WITH SUPPORT FROM MACARTHUR FOUNDATION HELD AT THE KANO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ON 15TH NOVEMBER, 2017

Preamble:

CISLAC with support from MacArthur Foundation organized Legislative Dialogue on Maternal Health Accountability in Kano state. The Dialogue aims at bringing relevant legislative committees in the Assembly under one roof to brainstorm and proffer holistic recommendations on adequate, accessible, affordable and effective maternal and child health in the state, within their respective mandates. The session was chaired by the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdullahi Atta. After exhaustive deliberations on various thematic issues, the following observations and recommendations were made:

Observations:

The State House of Assembly’s critical legislative process had brought to limelight, Health Trust Fund Act with dedicated budget line for MNCH to be funded through 5% deduction from […]

MNCH Week: It’s time to improve maternal, child health service delivery in Nigeria

As the government at all levels mark Maternal New-born and Child Health Week, CHIOMA KANU examines various contributory factors to maternal, new-born and child morbidity and mortality in the country, calling on governments to prioritise awareness creation and effective service delivery to improve health seeking behaviour of Nigerian mothers and children to promote universal coverage of high impact and low cost interventions.

It would be recalled MNCHW was introduced in 2010, as a bi -annual programme following the recommendation of the National Council on Health. Consequently, one week every six months – May and November, the health system in Nigeria works for MNCHW.

While the main objective of MNCHW is to reduce morbidity and mortality in mothers and children less than 5 years of age in Nigeria, the specific objectives include to ensure access by mothers and children 0-59 months to: routine   immunization   as scheduled, and for missed opportunities; mobilize   the […]

‘Poor Nutrition Indices, Unacceptable in Kaduna State’ – Hadiza El-Rufai

By Abubakar Jimoh

The Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Hadiza El-Rufai has said the State would embark on drastic action to combat poor nutrition indices within its special programme for adequate healthcare system.

Speaking at Stakeholders’ Sensitization Meeting on Nutrition organized recently in Kaduna by Civil Society-Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) under the aegis of Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH), Hajia El-Rufai, represented by Wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Ladi Barnabas Bala Bantex, lamented that malnutrition among children constitutes 50% of the underlying causes of many communicable and non-communicable life-threatening diseases, in addition to the high level morbidity and mortality in the State.

She said, “Recent surveys have shown that 57% of children are malnourished and 41.7% of them are severely stunted in Kaduna state. Micronutrients deficiency such as Vitamin A and iodine is also common among these children (27.8%) due to poor intake. The […]

Kano State Assembly and Renewed Commitment to Maternal Health

By Chioma Kanu

In line with its commitment to give greater attention to the plights of women and children in the country, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from MacArthur Foundation paid an advocacy visit to the Kano State House of Assembly.

The visit aimed primarily at presenting the legislature with relevant findings and recommendations from various implemented activities in Kano State since 2013, to engage relevant stakeholders such as —Legislature, Executives, Civil Society, and the Media, on issues affecting maternal and child health.

During the meeting, CISLAC advocated to the State’s Legislature for appropriate action on its roles and responsibilities towards effective maternal and child health in the State.

It would be recalled that at previous engagements on maternal health held in the state, relevant stakeholders had lamented that in Nigeria one in 13 women dies during pregnancy or childbirth, and 12% of children die before reaching the age of […]