Health ministry, UNICEF commence strategy review on newborns
Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNICEF and other partners have commenced the review of National Integrated Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child, Adolescent Health, Nutrition, Social and Behavior Change Strategy for 2019 to 2023.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who declared the event open in Abuja, said that the review became necessary because of the current global emerging health and social issues as well as increasing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Represented by the director, family health, , Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, the minister said that the federal government launched the Integrated Maternal New-born Health Strategy in 2007, and in 2009, Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and other partners developed the communication component to empower individual families and communities with information, skills, and tools to make informed decisions for the improvement and well-being of mothers, infants, adolescent and families.
He noted that the outcome of the meeting would lay the foundation for the development of the revised strategy that would drive the effective implementation of social and behavioral change.
In his remarks, the monitoring and evaluation manager, Nigeria Interface Action Association, Malam Murtala Abdulrahman, said the association would explore the context of the issues involved from the Islamic and Christian perspective with a view to enhancing the health and well-being of Nigerians.