The Nigerian Government has pledged to end maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030.
The Federal Ministry of Health on Wednesday unveiled plans to access the $40m Global Financing Facility (GFF) which is aimed at helping the country achieve its target.
The 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 Director, Department of Family Health and Co-Chair, GFF country platform, Adebimpe Adebiyi, explained that the GFF country platform was set up to drive the process with its first assignment being to develop a credible RMNCAH and Nutrition Investment case which is a pre-requisite for accessing the grant/ facility.
The fund would support the scaling – up of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in Niger, Abia and Ondo States.
Adebiyi also explained that the GFF process is expected to yield cumulative effects and eventual economic growth and prevent 24-38 million deaths of women, adolescents and children.
Nigeria is one of the 2nd wave countries out of 26 to benefit from the GFF,
50% of the $40M has been earmarked for the Health sector response in the North East.