Integrate family planning into MNCH, group tells FG
Thursday, December 1, 2016
The Association for the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP) has advocated for the full integration of family planning into Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) in order to enable women at all levels have access to the services.
The AAFP made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the 4th Family Planning biennial conference which it organized in partnership with the Federal Ministry Health.
The communiqué which was signed by the chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), EjikeOji and the co-chairman, KoleShitima, also called on states governments to explore opportunities provided by the Global Financing Facility (GFF) to increase domestic resource pooling for the procurement of family planning commodities.
“Governments at sub-national levels should align commitment with the federal level for optimal utilization of quality services in the communities and a mechanism of follow up and monitoring the release and use of funds budgeted for family planning should be put in place,” the group further said.
While regretting that the government is not involving the private sector in family planning decisions and programming, the AAFP, called for the involvement of the private sector in order to sustain and bring to scale access to family information and services.