A coalition of health-related non governmental organisations known as Partnership Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PACFaH, has advocated for mobilisation, increased funding, timely release, and efficient utilisation of resources in the 2016 health budget.
It stressed the need for child and family health generally and specifically nutrition, family planning, routine immunisation and childhood killer diseases.
This was stated in a communique after the the group arose from a meeting which was chaired by Dr. Ben Anyene, Chairman, Board of Trustees HERFON, and facilitated by Pharm. Remi Adeseun, Program Director of the PSN-PACFaH Project.
The meeting which had in attendance, 73 national members of civil society groups prioritizing value for money in line with items in the 2016 budget to advance Child and Family Health in Nigeria said the federal government must take the implementation of the national health Act more seriously.
”FGN should take immediate steps to ensure full implementation of the provisions of the National Health Act 2014, it must insist on full use of the new zero-based budgeting framework and template by all MDAs and especially the FMoH in subsequent budgets.
“The FGN should establish a platform for health financing interface between Federal, State, and Local Governments to increase synergy and reduce duplication and wastages; more funding options should be explored to ensure sustainable health financing for better health outcomes.”
It advised government to be open in the budget process for more transparency responsiveness and accountability and should develop a framework for participation of CSOs and professional associations in all budgeting process; from conception to design and implementation.
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