Abuja - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has called on the Bauchi State government and partners to advocate for the empowerment of women.
The administration was urged to improve health care services to the women specifically to reduce newborn deaths, increase income, and boost investments in literacy programmes.
The Deputy Mission Director, Julie Koenen, stated this during a ceremony marking the end of a five-year United States government-funded intervention to improve maternal, newborn and child health in Bauchi State.
“We have achieved a lot in our partnership with the Bauchi State government, but much remains to be done,” Koenen said.
She said Bauchi made some progress in the areas maternal, newborn, and child health, but there was a lot more to be done.
“The reproductive health indices in Bauchi State are daunting. The good news as reported in the 2013 Nigeria Demographic Health Survey is there are opportunities for improvement."
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Koenen said this would require vibrant political will and the judicious disbursement of resources.
USAID is supporting several humanitarian, transitional, and longer-term development activities in Nigeria, totaling N500 million a year.
This is in collaboration with the Nigerian government at the federal, state and local levels.
Current and forthcoming activities will improve governmental capacity and performance, strengthen food security and water policy, expand the reach and effectiveness of health and education initiatives as well as provide services for internally displaced people in northeast Nigeria.
The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Nuhu Gigado, the State’s First Lady Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar, federal and state government officials attended the lesson-sharing event.
The Targeted States Health Intervention Project (TSHIP), implemented by John Snow International, is USAID Nigeria’s lead health, population, and nutrition project implemented in Bauchi and Sokoto States.
Last week, the project held a similar closeout event in Sokoto State.
- CAJ News