Plan International, a non-governmental organization is to spend N330,000,000 on a menstrual hygiene in a Nigeria’s Northern State.
It was gathered that the three-year year project (2021 – 2023) will seen Plan spent a total sum of $600, 000 (N330 million) on menstrual hygiene project in Bauchi State.
National Program Manager of BORN project in Bauchi state, Muhammad Nasir Musa announced this during close-out event of Bauchi Opportunities for Responsive Neonatal and Maternal Health Project (BORN) yesteday in Bauchi, he said, is now winding up a five-year (BORN) Project in the state.
He explained that the Menstrual Hygiene Management project which commenced in May 2021 is being funded by Kimberly Clerk Corporation of the United States of America.
He said that the 5-year BORN project which commenced in February 2016 has its terminal date of June 2020 with a costed extension period of 1-year project (Feb 2021-Jan 2022) with a total value of Canadian dollar of CAD15,650,694.
Nasir explained that the BORN project funded by Global Affairs Canada has the goal of contributing to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in targeted regions among the most marginalized and vulnerable women and newborns.
“Ten Local Government Authorities of Bauchi, Dass, Toro, Misau, Ningi, Kirfi, Darazo, Katagum, Jama’are and Gamawa benefitted from the BORN project implemented in partnership of Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), and Community Initiative for the Promotion of Health and Education Sectors (CIPHRESS)”, he revealed.
He said that the goal was realized through a 3-pronged theory of change approach that increased demand and unlocked socio-cultural and engendered barriers, improved the quality and gender responsiveness of MNH services, and addressed governance and sustainability issues.
Other interventions of the PLAN projects in Bauchi included the establishment of Health Facility Quality Improvement and the development of the QIT Operational Guidelines and training of team members.
The project also supported the establishment of the Health Data Governance Council and Health Data Consultative Committee, and strengthened the State COVID-19 situation room, through provision of data for synchronization and dissemination of results and supporting the monthly meetings on COVID-19.
It similarly supported the Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency to conduct health facility assessment in order to access the Basic Health Care provision fund of over 45,000 community people who are now enrolled in the scheme.