The Global Financing Facility (GFF) alongside the World Bank and other partners, have committed $397 million towards scaling up basic health and nutrition services in the country, with specific focus on women and children.
Following this intervention, women, children and adolescents would soon begin to pay a cheap amount of money to access basic health and nutrition services without becoming poorer by paying for them.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who made the revelation at a forum organised by the Government of Nigeria, the Global Financing Facility (GFF) and Partners, in Abuja, said this was to enable women and young persons facing some of the most challenging circumstances in most challenging places, to access health and nutrition services.
“The GFF is investing a total of US$47 Million in Nigeria, linked to US$350 million in funding from the International Development Association and the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, which had focused on scaling-up health services in the north east, Nigeria and accelerating nutrition results for women, children and adolescents in the country.
“The GFF has created a new sense of awareness that we must put our money on the table for these essential investments in our people and use them in even smarter ways and that is something that has not been done before.
“Nigeria being the most populous country in Africa is facing big challenges: Nigeria is the single largest contributor to the global annual number of mortality rate; infant and child mortality rates are unacceptably high; total fertility rates have remained stubbornly high and has worsened nutrition outcomes in children as well as immunisation rates, especially among the poorest children.
“Those challenges have hugely outpaced government spending on health and nutrition, coupled with government spending in recent years being unable to reach those who needed them most and doing little to reduce high and impoverishing out -of-pocket spending on health by poor Nigerians,” he said.
To this end, Adewole maintained that the grant from the GFF would co-finance early implementation of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) with funds mobilised from the government and other contributors, starting in three states: Abia, Niger and Osun.
He further explained that following the start-up phase, the Federal Government would provide most of the financing for the scale-up to the remaining 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
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