Inadequate allocation of sufficient resources to family planning, FP, as well as Minimum advocacy to meet the funding gap for FP have been identified as some of the barriers limiting the success of Nigeria’s commitment to Family Planning.
This was made known by health experts at a webinar tagged ‘FP2020 Commitments ; Key Findings from the use of the Motion Tracker in 2019 and 2020 organised by Africa Health Budget Network, AHBN.
The minister of health Dr. Osage Ehanire represented by the Director and Head of Reproductive Health, Departmemt Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Kayode Afolabi drums the need for government at all levels to include FP services and commodities into the National Health insurance Scheme, NHIS, noting that it will improve reproductive health and tackle population explosion.
Dr. Afolabi listed Lagos, Kaduna, Borno and Kano states as states that have allocated fund to support FP. He urges the Federal Government to honour its FP 2020 commitment of budgeting the annual sum of $4 billion dollars for family planning commodities and services.
The Coordinator AHBN, Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba, in his presentation on Nigeria’s FP2020 commitments; Key Findings from the use of the Motion Tracker in 2019 and 2020 expressed worry over Nigeria’s inability to meet up with its financial obligations to the global FP campaign.
He identified Inadequate allocation of sufficient resources to FP and Minimal advocacy to meet the funding gap for FP as barriers facing realization of FP 2020 commitment. According to Magashi other challenges are: overall reduction of health sector annual budget, making it difficult to make a case for FP budget increase, scale-up the use of the eLMIS in all public sector facilities, revise and update Family Life Health Education Curriculum and that there is no multi-sectoral platform coordinating FP activities under Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning and Governors Forum.