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Maternal and Child Survival: Toyin Saraki Writes to Sarah Brown

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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The National Champion for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health for the White Ribbon Alliance For Safe Motherhood(WRA) Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Saraki of Kwara State has vowed that the One Voice Campaign, a coalition of stakeholders dedicated to the fight against maternal, newborn and child mortality will work with Sarah Brown, the wife of former British Prime Minister to achieve the  Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.

In a recent letter to Mrs  Brown, who is Global Patron for WRA, Mrs Saraki noted that the battle against the scourge of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria has made tremendous progress since she initiated and led an advocacy visit to the Federal Ministry of Health in 2005. She explained that at that meeting, she stressed that the issue of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health should be at the forefront of Nigeria’s home affairs.  She noted  that the fact that  Nigeria is making progressive steps towards tackling maternal, newborn and child mortality can also be said to account for the recent appointment of  the immediate-past Health Minister, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin as Spokesman for Maternal Health in Africa by the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health(PMNCH).

Mrs Saraki,  pointed out that her conviction for  the need for broader participation in the  battle against maternal, newborn and child mortality encouraged  her to  facilitate the recent meeting between the Nigerian First Lady, Her Excellency Dame Patience Jonathan and the White Ribbon Alliance with the hope that the meeting and the expected investiture of the First Lady as National Matron of the White Ribbon Alliance will provide a timely fillip to the continuum of the goals defined at the 2009 High Level Maternal Health Task Force meeting at 10 Downing Street hosted  in 2009.

She said that as part of the steps tackle the scourge, the One Voice Nigeria Health Campaign was inaugurated on May 18th 2010 as a cross sectoral campaign unifying all stakeholders under one umbrella as a national task force, culminating in the formulation and delivery of the Abuja Declaration on MNCH to the leaders of the African Union and subsequently, the Heads of Government of the G8 Nations on Nigeria’s behalf.

The National Championed explained that the One Voice Campaign is tasked with   consolidating the national advocacy effort following the solicitation of personal support of the First Lady by replicating this advocacy programme with the wives of the 36 State Governors through encouraging the establishment of WRAN State Chapters.

In a personal letter to Mrs Saraki recently, Mrs Brown noted that: “Her Excellency Mrs Saraki has shown true commitment towards Nigeria’s fight against maternal, newborn and child mortality. These issues must be put at the forefront of each country’s national agenda”.

Nigeria: Foundation Partners With FG

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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A non-governmental organisation, The Well-being Foundation, will together with Office of the First Lady of Kwara State, host officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders across different states in the country, at a three-day meeting of the Nigerian Integrated Maternal and Child Health Records in Ilorin, Kwara State, between today and September 21, 2007.

In a statement by a spokesman of the organisation, Mr Niran Adedokun, the Well-being Foundation has been working with the Federal Ministry of Health since last year, on ways of reducing maternal and child mortality ratio in Nigeria, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Four and Five. According to him, this collaboration with the Family Health Division of the Federal Ministry of Health eventually culminated in the recently launched Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Strategy, specifically targeted at reducing the country’s high rate of maternal mortality. “We are all in agreement that there needs to be an integrated approach to the delivery of healthcare in our country through effective means, hence the introduction of home-based records for the effective monitoring of health indices covering all the geographical zones.” It is expected that at the end of the conference, all existing data collection tools for maternal, newborn and child health including the Nigerian Integrated Maternal and Child Health Record would be harmonised for the greatest impact across Nigeria . “It is our belief that if Nigeria is not to be left behind in the attainment of the significant reduction of maternal mortality and child mortality by 2015, government policy backed by effective action by all stakeholders must be our goal.”

Also expected at the harmonisation meeting are the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Adenike Grange, the Wife of the Kwara State Governor and President of the WellBeing Foundation, Mrs Toyin Saraki and representatives of donor agencies and international development agencies

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