By Hamza Suleiman
Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION), an NGO, says the organisation has reached 59,452 women with sexual and reproductive health services in Borno between 2021 and the first quarter of 2022.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that with headquarters in London, MSION is part of the Marie Stopes International Global Partnership, a social enterprise which operates in more than 37 countries across the globe, providing reproductive healthcare services. The Regional Manager for Marie Stopes International Organization Nigeria Northeast, while presenting the overview of MSION in Nigeria, North East and Borno State in particular made this assertions.
She said Its mission is to ensure that families and women have children by choice, not by chance, while its target is that by 2030, every woman should have access to reproductive health services and there wouldn’t be any record of death from unsafe deliveries.
Mr Jonathan Nachia, the MSION Research Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, North East, disclosed this on Thursday at a one-day meeting with stakeholders from the health sector in Borno.
Nachia shared the impact of the organization’s activities while engaging in the state, he highlighted the impact of the activities as to have averted over 79 maternal deaths, 4,581 maternal DALYs ( Disability Adjusted Life Years) and total DALYs averted stood at 36,860, thereby leading direct healthcare cost saved.
He explained that the organisation is supporting 56 public health facilities across 10 local government areas of Borno under its health system strengthening efforts in the public sector strengthening channel of service delivery.
He listed the councils as Bayo, Biu, Gubio, Hawul, Jere, Konduga, Kwaya Kusar, Mafa, Shani and Maiduguri.
He noted that it has trained 125 providers on Long Active Reversible Contraceptive (LARC), and provided reproductive health equipment as well as medical consumables to the public facilities.
Other support provided by the organisation included provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to providers and frontline staff and provision of clinical supportive supervision to trained service providers to ensure quality service delivery.
Mr Joseph Vandu, Social and Behavioural Change Communication Officer, noted that the organisation was working across communities in Borno through community dialogue and male involvement.
Others are engagement of local community mobilisers towards creating awarenesses to enable women and girls have informed choice on their reproductive health that would support them to access high quality sexual reproductive health services.
He added that the organisation was working closely with both religious and community leaders to mitigate social and cultural norms hindering women and girls to access reproductive health services especially in the North East region.
“We will keep reaching out to hard to reach and crisis affected communities to ensure we support those who as a result of the current insurgency could not have access to these services and improve demand for modern contraceptive across Borno communities,” he said.
On his Part, Dr Muhammed Ghuluze, the Permanent Secretary, Borno Ministry of Health, while declaring the meeting opened, commended the organisation for supporting sexual reproductive health development activities in the state.
Ghuluze also commended the NGO for strengthening the capacity of some of its health facilities, training of health personnel and the provision of health facilities.
He noted that the state government was ready to partner with them toward improving the performance of the health care delivery system in the state.