Kaduna Commissioner Commends ‘Options’ As E4A-Mamaye Project Closes Out

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By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna

Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Umma Ahmed, has commended Options’ E4A-Mamaye Programme for their commitment in driving grassroots collaboration and accountability in building resilient health systems in Kaduna State.

The Commissioner, who also lauded Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), community leaders and other health stakeholders in the state, made the commendation yesterday, during the closeout event of E4A-Mamaye Programme in the the state.

“Let me express my deepest gratitude to E4A-Mamaye, Options, our dedicated health professionals, community leaders, Civil Society Organizations, and all stakeholders who have been instrumental in this journey. Your commitment has been the driving force behind the success we celebrate today.

“We will shine a spotlight on the commendable Community Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (c-MPDSR) Model adopted by our dear state. 

“This innovative approach, born out of collaborative efforts with E4A-Mamaye and Options, signifies a milestone in our commitment to addressing maternal and perinatal deaths at the community level.

“Our theme today, “Delivering Universal Health Coverage through Localization: Building Resilient Grassroot Collaboration and Accountability Mechanisms for Stronger Health Systems in Nigeria and Africa,” encapsulates the essence of our journey and the direction we have charted for the future.

“It reflects the important role of grassroots collaboration and accountability in building resilient health systems, not only within 3.0: Kaduna State but with the broader vision of influencing positive change across the African continent.” She said.

From 2022, the E4A-MamaYe Programme has focused on ensuring the sustainability of State Level Accountability Mechanisms (SLAMs) in Kaduna, Lagos, and Yobe states, by empowering these coalitions to take ownership of their interventions and providing them with the necessary tools and skills in fostering continuity and resilience in Reproductive Maternal,  Newborn Child, Adolescent and Health (RMNCAH) advocacy efforts.

In his remarks, Regional Director,  West and Central Africa, Options Consultancy Services, Dr. Ufouma Omo Obi, noted that the fact that stakeholders can now speak on issues that are happening in the communities shows commitment that they are ready to end maternal mortality.

According to him, “we are very proud of all the efforts we are putting into the health system. The population of Kaduna we had 20 years ago is not the same Kaduna we have now.

“The ability for us to report, track and monitor these desk, we didn’t have it year ago, this is a fact that we have grown or matured.

“We are proud to have played a role in nurturing grassroots coalitions and empowering stakeholders to drive positive change. As we move forward, let us remain steadfast in our dedication to building localized resilient health systems that prioritize equity, quality, and sustainability.” 

On her part, Lucia Laboso, Project Director, E4A MamaYe, said “As we close this chapter of the E4A MamaYe Programme, we reflect on the transformative impact achieved through sustained advocacy and accountability efforts. The journey towards improving maternal and newborn health has been marked by collaboration, resilience, and a shared commitment to prioritizing the needs of women, children, and communities.” 

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