Finalization of the Adamawa Strategic Health Development Plan supported by UNICEF

The Honourable Commissioner of Health, Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar commissioned the lead consultant, Dr Abdullahi Dauda Belel, who is also the Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, to chart the way forward. It was unanimously agreed that the participatory approach using the Logical Framework is employed to achieved a better focused document that will be understood by the majority of the stakeholders and makes the implementation a lot much easier.

 

The finalization of the 2016-2020 Adamawa State Strategic Health Development Plan has begun with the sponsorship from UNICEF. The document, which was developed late last year with the financial and technical support from UNICEF through component 5 of the EU-MNCH scale up project has defined the scope of work to be achieved by the Adamawa State Health sector in the coming 5 years.

 

The Director Planning, Research and Statistics of the State Ministry of Health, Mr Mansur Suleiman anchored the documentation process with his robust secretariat team. Eight teams were identified based on the eight thematic areas that form the main chapters of the document. Each team has a leader and members drawn from those stakeholders interested in the particular thematic area. Each group worked separately with the support from trained facilitators, while the lead consultant roved round the groups and made sure that all the groups were on track in content, context and forecasts.

The UNICEF Zone D field office headed by Abdulai Kaikai supported the entire process by detailing the head of health, Dr Halima Abdu to be on site most of the time. The UNICEF local consultants all participated fully in their respective areas of expertise, especially in key service delivery, partnership for health and financing areas.

Over Twelve Million (N12m) Naira was provided in total by UNICEF since the beginning of the documentation process. UNFPA supported extra 2-days validation of the document by the Stakeholders in March 2016. Now, the document is being finalized internally with the support of an external consultant hired by the State Ministry of Health with the financial support from UNICEF. It is hope that when the document is completed by next week, UNICEF will print adequate copies and support its dissemination and utilization.

The support of the UNICEF Country Representative, Jean Gough and her team of experts like Aboubacar Kampo, Dr Safiyanu Garba, Dr Kennedy Ongwae, Josephine Nneka Okide, Abiola Davies, and many others.