CLHFPA: Lack Of Political Hinders Implementation Of Family Planning Programme In Nasarawa

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The Community Link for Health and Family Planning Advocacy (CLHFPA), in collaboration with Pathfinder International, has said that a lack of political will has hindered the proper implementation of the family planning programmes in Nasarawa State.

Mrs. Mary Ashenaye, the Head of the Coalition disclosed this at a one-day media forum on the status of family planning in the state organised by Pathfinder International in collaboration with Community Link for Health Family Planning Advocacy (CLHFPA), held in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital.

She said the sum of 30 million naira, which was appropriated for the family planning programme in the 2022 State budget, has not been released to the implementing agencies to carry out their activities.

She added that the lack of funds has stalled the programme’s activities across the state, just as she decried the lack of political will on the part of the state government to invest in the family planning initiative intended to curb maternal and child mortality.

Community Link for Health and Family Planning Advocacy (CLHFPA), a coalition of civil society groups, said a situation where the family planning budget will be dragged to the last quarter of the year, was not healthy for the health sector.

Secretary of the coalition, Mr. Kalu Idika, in a remark, commended the state government for reviewing the family planning budget from N5 million to N30 million per year in the 2022 budget while noting that prompt release of the funds will hasten the implementation of the programme.

However, the representative of the State Commissioner for Health and coordinator of Family Planning, Salomi Aya said the state government has been doing all within its powers to support all efforts aimed at institutionalising family planning in the state.

She said the sustained advocacy and support by Pathfinder International,  the CLHFPA as well as other collaborators has led to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in the state.


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