Written by Godfrey AKON

We have saved 24,000 lives, improved 36,000 children in 10yrs

A global healthcare provider, Management Sciences for Health, MSH, has said it contributed to saving about 24,000 lives and improved the wellbeing of 36,000 children in the past ten years of its existence in Nigeria.

Country Representative of MSH in Nigeria, Dr. Zipporah Kpamor, disclosed this in Abuja at an event to mark “10 years of improving the health of women and children in Nigeria.”
Kpamor also noted that over 2million individuals were counselled and tested for HIV including 750,166 pregnant women; 9,580 placed on life saving medications and 66,881 Orphans and Vulnerable Children were served directly and indirectly through MSH intervention.
“On the whole, MSH has contributed to saving 24,000 lives and improved the well-being of 36,000 vulnerable children. For a country like Nigeria, we are probably asking, but how significant is that, we know that the journey of a thousand steps, starts with one,” she noted.
The MSH boss described as unacceptable a situation where over 150 Nigerian women and 2,300 children die daily due to preventable causes, while another 1 in 5 Nigerian children could die before their 5th birthday.

Citing the successful eradication of wild polio virus transmission in Nigeria and handling of the Ebola epidemic, she stressed that the mortality situation was very dire but not hopeless.
Kpamor however called on all stakeholders to examine how their actions or inactions have continued to needlessly endanger the lives of women and children in the country.
On her part, she noted that MSH places a very high premium on working with the government of Nigeria to end preventable deaths in women, children and young people.
Also speaking, the Vice President of MSH, Catherine Taylor, expressed joy at the opportunity for MSH to work with the Nigerian government in supporting the health objectives and challenges that the ministry of health encounters in ensuring that the health of women, children and other persons is improved.

Taylor, who noted that the health ministry has ambitious plans, pledged the commitment of her organisation to work tirelessly to support those plans in order to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Nigeria.

Also in a discussion, a panel of medical experts from the government, international organisations and the private sector, called for the strengthening of the healthcare system at federal, state and local government levels to serve the need of the vulnerable population.
The doctors also advocated for stronger synergy between government and private healthcare institutions to ensure quality health care delivery as well as reduction of preventable deaths among women and children.

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