First Lady launches initiative to improve maternal, newborn, child health


The wife of the President, Her Excellency, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has launched the Action-Nigeria Campaign, tagged ‘’Albishirin Ku’’ which unites Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Malaria and Nutrition Social behaviour change intervention under one identity in Abuja.

Her Excellency, who was represented by the wife of the Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Bagudu disclosed that the Maternal and Child Health trajectory has experienced various strategies by numerous actors, which have contributed to a degree of improvement, bringing the country to its current status.

According to Her Excellency, ‘’as poor, as our indices currently are, it could have been worse if these efforts have not gone in. However, despite efforts made by our country, other countries and the World at large, it is sad to note that our country seems not to be making a Commensurate impact as we still standout negatively on the global stage for poor Maternal and child health Sector.

Mr. Buhari stated that ‘’every day, we do hear stories of one woman or one child dying of one issue or the other in a health facility or at home, from causes that are preventable if one person or the other had taken the right decision and acted correctly.

‘’ All hands must be on deck towards solving the everyday health challenges claiming the lives of our women and children, she stressed.

She explained that there are some lapses on the part of service delivery, such as Poor Funding, Poor infrastructure and shortage of manpower. Also, some experts have outlined that some of the social norms, beliefs, and practices have substantially influenced the health system.

The first lady further informed that the ‘’ Aisha Buhari Foundation’’ has set up the ‘Future Assured Programme’ to focus attention and make a difference in the lives of the women and children by Advocating to address challenges in the area of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health plus nutrition (RMNCAH+N).

She said that fully equipped maternity complex has been constructed at the Daura General Hospital, Kastina State and the Federal Medical Centre, Yola and has also engaged the wives of governors across the country by Organizing workshops and training on (RMNCAH+N advocacy.

She commended the USAID through the ‘Breakthrough Action’ Nigeria, other donors and the Development Partners in Promoting innovative social and behavioural change intervention in Nigeria. She also applauded the Federal Ministry of Health for providing an oversight function and coordinating various health programmes in the country.

The United States Agency for International Development Aid (USAID) Mission Director representative in Nigeria, Mrs. Minal Amin, said the Agency is working in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, to meet up with President, Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for a healthier Nation. She said that through the Breakthrough Action Nigeria Project, the USAID deploys people-Centred approaches that create shifts in Socio-norms and encourage new ways for people and communities considering their health challenges and how best to tackle.