Ministry, Partners Commence Strategy Review
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with UNICEF and other partners have commenced the review of National Integrated Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health Plus Nutrition, Social and Behavior Change Strategy(IRMNCAH+ N) 2019-2023.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole who declared the event open on Friday 7th November, 2018 said that the review became necessary because of the current global emerging health and social issues as well as increasing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Represented by the Director, Family Health, FMOH, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, the Minister said that the Federal Government launched the Integrated Maternal New-born Health Strategy in 2007.
In 2009 the Federal Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and other partners developed the IMNCH communication component to empower individual families and communities with information, skills, and tools to make informed decisions for the improvement and well-being of mothers, infants, adolescent and families.
Adewole said that the outcome of the meeting would lay the foundation for the development of the revised strategy that would drive the effective implementation of social and behavioral change intervention for IRMNCAH+ N.
In his remarks, the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Nigeria Interface Action Association (NIFAA), Malam Murtala Abdulrahman, said the association would explore the context of the issues involved from the Islamic and Christian perspective with a view of enhancing the health and well-being of Nigerians.
He said NIFAA would ensure that religious leaders were enlightened about IRMNCH+N Strategy to enable them bring the desired changes and goals of the strategy to the general public.