Abuja - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has called on the Sokoto State government and other partners to improve health care services in the region.
Senior officials said this would reduce newborn deaths, increase income and boost investments in literacy programmes for women.
The country Mission Director, Michael Harvey, made the call at a ceremony to mark the end of a five-year United States government-funded intervention to improve maternal, newborn and child health in Sokoto State.
“We have achieved a lot in our partnership with the Sokoto State government but much remains to be done,” Harvey said.
The Targeted States Health Intervention Project (TSHIP) implemented by John Snow International, is USAID Nigeria’s lead health, population, and nutrition project implemented in Sokoto and Bauchi States.
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The programme is poised to improve governmental capacity and performance, strengthen food security and water policy, expand the reach and effectiveness of health and education initiatives, and provide services for internally displaced persons in northeast Nigeria.
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and a cross-section of the Sokoto Sultanate, and Federal and State government officials attended the lesson-sharing event.
USAID is supporting several humanitarian, transitional, and longer-term development activities in Nigeria, totaling half a billion dollars a year, in collaboration with the Nigerian government at the federal, state, and local levels.
- CAJ News