Experts adopt steps for resilient communities
Participants at the just concluded humanitarian intervention conference in Nigeria adopted steps to strengthen health systems and resilient communities.
According to a statement from FHI 360 assistant director, Jemeh Eguagwu, the event was attended by over 150 international development partners, donors, Nigerian government stakeholders and civil society members.
Nigeria’s chief humanitarian coordinator, Dr Ayoade OlatunbosunAlakija, who was the keynote speaker called for programs that look beyond the short term solutions by straddling the humanitarian-development nexus to build resilient communities.
Panelists at the conference with the theme: ‘Building Resilient Communities in Changing Times’ focused on strengthening health systems, the role of education in building resilient communities, providing protection services to survivors of gender-based-violence, and using integrated approaches in program designs and implementation to produce impactful outcomes.
One of the NGOs, FHI 360 has been in Nigeria for over 30 years and in the Northeast working in Borno State, since 2011 in HIV/AIDs related areas and humanitarian response as the conflict intensified.
Panelists at the FHI 360 Resiliency Event Health Panel: from left, Dr. Han Kang (USAID), Dr. Fatima Abubakar, Commissioner for Health, Adamawa; Dr. Femi Oduneye, Regional Health Manager, Sub Saharan Africa, SHELL Nigeria; Dr. Sani Aliyu, Director General, National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA); Dr. Hadiza Khamofu, Deputy Chief of Party, Technical for FHI 360; Dr. Haruna Musa Mshelia, Commissioner for Health, Borno; Dr. Robert Chiegel, Country Director for FHI 360 and Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe, Department of Health Economics, UNN.