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FP2020: Stakeholders Develop FP Scorecard To Track Progress

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In a bid to achieve the 27 per cent modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) by the year 2020, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria-Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale (PSN-PAS), has partnered with the Lagos State Ministry of Health, to develop Family Planning (FP) scorecard.

The monitoring and evaluation officer, PSN-PAS Project, Ijeoma Nwankwo at a one-day meeting with relevant stakeholders today, in Lagos State, said the scorecard will be used to track the contribution and progress made towards the inclusion of Community Pharmacists (CPs) and Patent & Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMVs) as providers of FP in Lagos State.

Nwankwo said that at the July 2017 FP2020 London Summit, the federal government committed to achieving 27 per cent mCPR and Lagos state plans to achieve 74 per cent mCPR target by 2020, respectively. “Yet, in 2018 the Lagos state mCPR is 25.5 per cent,” she added.

To achieve FP2020 goal, Nwankwo said the most recent Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), revealed that over 60 per cent of Nigerians patronize CPs and PPMVs for their FP and other primary health care services.

She said the government of Nigeria is convinced that by building the capacities, supportively supervising the practices of CPs and PPMVs, and thereafter expanding their scope of work, Nigeria will move towards Universal Access to Health and Universal Access to FP.

Speaking on the scorecard, Nwankwo said, “The score card will be used by civil society, media and other stakeholders to hold government to account for the July 2017 FP2020 commitment and to influence actions that will ensure CPs and PPMVs provide expanded FP services in Lagos state.

“Scorecards are advocacy tools used to compare performance based on some set of indicators within and between state government and institutions. In the case of the CPs and PPMVs FP score card, we want to use this advocacy tool to support the government in fulfilling the July 2017 commitments made during the FP2020 London Summit.”

While urging the government to prioritize implementation of the indicators in the score card, she said, “It is pertinent for all relevant stakeholders to know that each day, it is estimated that about 100 women die in the process of giving life in Nigeria and about 30 per cent of these deaths can be averted by improving access to contraceptives and increasing uptake of FP services.”

The director, Family Health and Nutrition, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Folasade Oludara, said, “For Lagos state to achieve the 74 per cent mCPR goal by 2020, stakeholders need to harness the private sector. This is because over 60 per cent of Lagosians patronize the private sector.

“Also, about 90 per cent of the FP data in the state are obtained from the public sector. Going forward, the state will work to ensure the private sector is well captured and their data are reflected in the state database.”

 

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