By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
There is a huge gap in deficit of funding for child spacing in Kaduna State, a development that would make it difficult to meet its contraceptives prevalent rate target of 46.5 per cent by end of 2018.
Mr. Benjamin Yunana Maigari of FHANI, brought this to the fore during a presentation to Child Spacing Media Forum at a round table discussion organised by Development Communications (DEVCOMS) in Kaduna on Friday.
As a result, a deficit of over N1.6bn is recorded in the child spacing Cost Implementation Plan (CIP) for 2018, going by the N75m budgeted for 2018, against N1.682,087,630bn that is actually required.
He explained that six core areas of service delivery, suppliers and commodities, policy and environment, financing, supervision, monitoring and coordination require various amount of funding to be successful.
According to him, N265,232,277 is required in 2018 for demand creation needs in Kaduna State for child spacing.
Service delivery needs N450,434,842, suppliers and commodities N48,610,206, policy and environment N1,942,606, financing N2,091,584 and N120,475,116 is required for supervision, monitoring and coordination.
Also required is the sum of N557,848,575 for commodities and N235,452,424 for consumables, making the total required sum of N1.682,087,630bn.
He said that Kaduna State government created a child spacing budget line in 2017 budget, where the government allocated the sum of 100 million Naira.
“The amount was released but not cash backed in 2017 FHANI advocated for its release/ cash backing and a validation was carried out in March 2018.
“As of today the money has not been cash backed but the agency is to write to the SMOH&HS as a priority which will be submitted to the state liquidity committee for consideration and approval.
In 2018 the government budgeted the sum of 75 million Naira which the SPHCDA will also request,” he added.
He explained that the Kaduna State MOH&HS has a costed implementation plan (CIP) that specified the sectoral and programmatic need of the ministry.
” Child Spacing needs of Kaduna State in the CIP for 2016 – 2018 has 6 priority areas ( Demand creation, Service delivery, suppliers and commodities, Policy and environment, Financing and Supervision, Monitoring and Coordination.
“The aim of the CIP is to specify the interventions and activities to be implemented, and itemise the financial resources needed to meet the state and national FP goals to help women achieve their human rights to health, education, autonomy, and personal decision making about the number and timing of their childbearing, and support the achievement of gender equality.
” Furthermore, voluntary rights-based family planning reduces maternal mortality and morbidity, decreases unwanted teenage pregnancies, improves child health, facilitates educational advances, reduces poverty, and is a foundational element for the economic development of a nation,” he pointed out.