Advocacy and Campaigns in Nigeria
Gates Advocacy Project
The focus of the project is to support advocacy to stakeholders (using all available data) such that they will give a higher priority to activities that will create, promote and sustain the required enabling environments, policies and laws that will ensure Nigeria is on track especially in the area of provision of adequate funding and effective delivery of Routine Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH), Nutrition and Immunization services at National and sub-national levels.
Other activities under the anchor grant include advocacy to ensure that: Child survival is given high priority in national strategies/plans/manifestos for 2015 and beyond; political and public commitment by stakeholders to ending preventable child and maternal deaths; financing and ensuring supply of well supported and adequately motivated Health work force; partnering with government on sexual & reproductive health to push for adoption and implementation of existing legal frameworks like Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Child rights act and gender policy.
The project has achieved the following:
· Prioritization of Nutrition at National and selected states as evidenced with the creation of budget line for Nutrition in Gombe, Zamfara and Katsina state
· FMOH (with technical support from Save the Children) is set to develop implementation framework for national Health Act
· Children advocates emerged in Gwagwalada, Abuja to promote child survival and nutrition.
The project is being implemented in Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina and Zamfara state
EveryLastChild Campaign in Nigeria
Since 1990, the world has halved child mortality and the number of out-of-school children, yet still millions of children have been left behind. Increasingly, children are failing to survive and learn because of who they are and where they live. This exclusion can be the result of a child's poverty, gender, disability, ethnicity or religion, or more often some combination of these factors.
Who are the world's excluded children?
Excluded groups of children are those who are not benefitting from recent global progress in social well-being – particularly in health and learning – because of a toxic mix of poverty and discrimination. The discrimination they face can be deliberate or the result of neglect or oversight.
In Nigeria, we're campaigning for girls and street children and their access to healthcare and education.
Launching Every Last Child in Nigeria
Nigeria has one of the highest rates of early marriage in the world - 39% of girls are married before their 18th birthday and 16% are married before their 15th birthday. This is why Save the Children is campaigning for girl forced into early marriage.
During the campaign launch event in Nigeria, government representatives, religious leaders and celebrities came together to discuss the consequences of early marriage in the development of the children. There is a correlation between lack of education and early marriage: 82% of women aged 20-24 with no education were married by the age of 18 as opposed to 13% of women who have at least finished secondary education.
Ben Foot, country director for Save the Children Nigeria, said “Despite progress for children in Nigeria and across the globe, we have actually left behind millions of children who are not benefiting from education, health care and protection.” It is especially important to invest in excluded children in a country like Nigeria, where half part of the population are children.
Janti Soeripto, Deputy CEO of Save the Children International, urged the media, government, and civil society to work together to tackle the causes of exclusion in Nigeria to reach every last child.
The event ended with a performance led by children from Government Secondary School Gwagwalada. They asked the government, media, religious leaders and other stakeholders to join hands and work together to ensure that the most excluded children have access to healthcare, education and protection they need to progress and fulfil their potential.