By Hassan Zaggi
The Coordinator & Founder, Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), Aminu Magashi Garba, has said that the implementation of the Global Finance Facility (GFF) will improve the health status of women and children in Nigeria.
He disclosed this in an interview with The AUTHORITY, at the review meeting of “Every Woman Every Child” RMNCAH country multi-stakeholder platform guidance note, in Kaduna, recently.
The review meeting which was organized by the AHBN, Community Health Research Initiative (CHR) and funded by Pathfinder International also developed a zero draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for Nigeria RMNCAH country multi-stakeholder platform.
GFF is an innovative financing strategy, critical to achieving key results for every woman and every child through smart, scaled and sustainable domestic financing of priority investments in Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent (RMNCAH) healthcare.
The GFF has concluded plans to provide 20 million dollars (roughly 7 billion naira) to the Nigerian government. The money will be used to pilot the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF)-a component of the National Health Act (NHA), in Niger, Osun and Abia states.
Reiterating the benefit of the GFF implementation to the common man in Nigeria, Dr. Magashi said that the 20 million dollars that will be implemented in the pilot states if properly put to used “it means when a pregnant woman goes for antenatal care in the hospital, she will be given free services and if she delivers, she will be given a free pack and all the emergency drugs needed for her to deliver safe and be protected against infection, she will get them free.
“Also, if a child comes for vaccination, he/she will get it free and the money will also be used for infrastructure and payment of workers at the facility.
“Also, on the issue of insurance scheme, women will be insured so that when they come to the hospital, this money will be used to pay for their services.”
He, therefore, charged the media to raise the awareness about the GFF and its importance for Nigeria.
While expressing the commitment of non state actors to improve the lives of women and children in Nigeria, Magashi said: “Moving forward, we are going to submit the zero draft of the ToR and, we, as non state actors are going to support the Federal Ministry of Health. We are totally committed to this course to helping Nigeria to involve everybody to solve problems.”