TCI reiterates need for advancement in reproductive health interventions

TCI reiterates need for advancement in reproductive health interventions
The Challenge Initiative, TCI, is igniting a movement for the spread of sustained reproductive health interventions in Nigeria. Using its Business Unusual model, the initiative supports states to lead the design and implementation of high-impact reproductive health interventions to increase contraceptive prevalence rates.AMOSUN
At a work plan development meeting held in Ogun State recently, the initiative aimed at helping TCI enabled states to develop a comprehensive strategy and plan for their reproductive health interventions.
Reinforcing the relevance and impact of the initiative’s intervention in Ogun, the State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who was present at the meeting said “Maternal, Newborn and Child Health is one of the biggest elements of public health and health is the second of the five pillars of focus in Ogun State. Our maternal mortality rate is currently at 66 per 1000 live births and we are steadily making progress with the help of TCI. We are happy with the initiative’s contribution to improving contraceptive prevalent rates in Ogun and I am glad to hear we have recently also accessed a new adolescent, youth, sexual, reproductive health intervention as well.”
Other TCI supported states present at the workplan development meeting also shared their experience working with TCI. Speaking of TCI’s role in providing technical coaching to states, Mr. Andrew Okoh, the Secretary of the Advocacy Core Group in Niger State noted that “TCI makes you take ownership. They give you the information to take decision and allow you to lead. With TCI, you make the decisions by yourself, so it is easy for you to identify where you have made a mistake and learn from that mistake.”
Reiterating, Mr. Andrew’s position, Mr. Yakubu Zakshi, the Program Manager of the Saving One Million Lives project in Bauchi State said, “Our experience with TCI has been interesting because TCI allows the state to be at the driver’s seat so that with or without TCI, Bauchi State will know how to lead, and sustainability will not be a problem.
While presenting the progress made with TCI support in Delta State, Dr. Tetsola, the Delta State Program Manager, Saving One Million Lives project, noted that the state had started playing a coordinating role among implementing partners in the state, he said: “When we developed our work plan, the other implementing partners did not want to be part of it; they saw it as a TCI activity and asked to be left out. We refused and asked them to key into the plan being developed. The implementing partners keyed into the plan and now we have a holistic plan.”
Apart from the opportunity to report on progress and lessons learnt, the meeting provided an opportunity to share innovations and best practices. The states also demonstrated deep understanding of TCI’s Demand driven model, in support of the model, the Executive Secretary of Ogun State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola said, “For us to win the war in our health sector, we must work on our demand.”

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