The Permanent Secretary, Kaduna State Ministry of Health, Dr. Aisha Sadiq, has said that Kaduna is committed to financing family planning to achieve the federal government’s 27 percent modern contraceptive prevalence rate (MCPR) among women of reproductive age by 2024.
Dr. Sadiq disclosed this yesterday in Kaduna, during a Project Mid-Dissemination meeting of the Society for Family Health’s Adolescent 360 Amplify Project in partnership with the ministry and Primary Healthcare Board tagged, “Repositioning Towards Sustainable and Scalable Impact, Empowering Adolescents for a Healthier Future.”
She explained that A360 is a four-year project funded by the Bill & Belinda Gates Foundation and Children Investment Fund, led and implemented by Population Services International and the Society for Family Health in Nigeria (SFH).
According to her, the current phase of the A360 Amplify programme has placed a strong emphasis on Human-Centred Design (HCD) and integration into government health and development systems.
She said the project has helped to change the behaviour of married adolescent girls and has reduced the negative implications of maternal mortality and child mortality, stressing that Kaduna State government has already put modalities to sustain and improve the programme.
The deputy project director, A360 Amplify, Hajia Rakiya Idris, disclosed that the project tagged, “Matasa Matan Arewa” aims at improving the sexual health of married adolescent girls aged 15-19 years in the North.