The revised Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) engagement framework for NTD programme has been finalized. Chairpersons of the coalitions of CSOs from the five UNITED supported states, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara states met with FMOH in Nasarawa State this week for a meeting to this effect. The meeting was sponsored by Development Alternatives Incorporated Global Health (DAI) (former HPI).
The NTD National Coordinator, Dr Chukwuma Anyaike stated that efforts will be made to include CSOs representatives during subsequent NTD national review meetings. He recognized the CSOs as crucial entities in promoting ownership and sustainability of the NTD programme. He also stated that the CSOs will be a great help in drug distribution tracking and community mobilization for better acceptance of NTD medicines in communities.
WHO/FMOH REVIEW SNAPSHOT DOCUMENTS WITH NTD ZONAL COORDINATORS
The World Health Organization (WHO), this week supported the FMOH’s Monitoring and Evaluation team to review the nation’s NTD Snapshot documents with the Zonal Coordinators. The participants at the meeting agreed that great strides have been taken in the fight against NTDs in Nigeria.
However, there is need for scale-up in several LGAs in the treatment of PC-NTDs in Nigeria. The meeting which took place in Abuja got concluded today.
WHO/FMOH HOLDS FIRST EVER NTD MID-TERM REVIEW MEETING
Several gaps have been identified and resolved in the efforts of stakeholders to control, eliminate and eradicate NTDs in Nigeria. Emphasis was made on attaining 100% geographic coverage for the five PC-NTDs. These and other issues were thrashed out during the first ever mid-term review meeting sponsored by WHO in Nasarawa State this week.