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), Ejike Oji and the co-chairman, Kole Shitima, 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.