Ex­perts adopt steps for re­silient com­mu­ni­ties

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

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.

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