WHARC promotes Sustainable Development Goals in Edo and Ondo State.
Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) with support from Ford Foundation has championed a one day workshop for the development of a strategic plan of action and Policy brief review on the implementation of Sustainable development Goals in Nigeria. An advocacy project that seek to build awareness,
Following the series of capacity building workshops for critical stakeholders on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held in Edo and Ondo State respectively, these convening informed the consensus building of communiques, the Centre however converged stakeholders from both states to review the communique into a policy brief of action that will be used to advocate to government on the way forward on SDGs.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Focal Person, Edo State, Mr Matthew Okunsebor while delivering his speech gave an outline of Edo State government involvement in the implementation of SDGs. He mentioned that the government is targeting a minimum of 200,000 jobs; he said that policies and programs are being put in place to provide direct jobs and soft loans. Speaking further, he said that the state government has set out to improve on health institutions, electricity supply, road network, accessible portable water. He also added that the government will renovate public schools, make them attractive for learning and provide competent teachers.
In the same vein, the Program coordinator, Ondo State Agency for HIV/AIDS (ODSACA) Dr. Dayo Adegbulu gave an insight on the focus of Ondo State government on the third goal, good health and wellbeing for all. He said that the Government is developing a health strategic plan for a coordinated health response before 2021 which is at its monitoring and evaluation stage. Adegbulu said that the state government is working on the development of health insurance scheme, a coordinated and efficient blood transfusion service and the strengthening of monitoring plans for health programs.
The Executive Director, Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), Dr. Wilson Imongan in his opening remark stated that the Centre is one of the leading NGOs in Nigeria with the goal of improving the health of women and the girl child. Speaking on the achievements of WHARC which include: pioneers of the law on the abolishment of Female Genital Mutilation in Edo State, Young Adolescent Reproductive Health Initiative (YARH), free maternal health care policy in Nigeria, and Assisted in the birth of Abiye program in Ondo State. ‘WHARC generates quality evidence for advocacy to influence policy for development and social change, we are using available evidence to sensitize civil society organizations and policy makers to build momentum that will drive the SDGs in Nigeria’ he said. Speaking further, he added that Edo and Ondo State will be a reference point in implementing SDGs in Nigeria as the policy brief documents and innovative ideas developed from the workshop will be used for advocacy.
The workshop was attended by representatives from government ministries, agencies, and civil societies organisations from both states.
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