By Philip Yatai
The Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), on Thursday mobilised Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the media to strengthen collaboration in advocacy for improved funding of nutrition in Kaduna State.
CS-SUNN Project Assistant, Abuja, Mr Kunle Ishola explained at a two-day meeting in Kaduna, that the collaboration was key to achieving the desired result in nutrition interventions in the state.
According to him, the collaboration will enable the CSOs and media to identify specific nutrition issues in the state that requires prompt advocacy actions by CSOs and the media.
Ishola said that the meeting was organised to strengthen advocacy skills and capacity of health and nutrition CSOs, media and government officials, to identify areas of priorities in nutrition interventions.
“It is also orgainsed to strengthen nutrition collaboration among CSOs and media, harmonise nutrition advocacy with CSOs, health and nutrition coalition and media.
“At the end, we hope to develop a strategic and achievable advocacy action plan with focus on those nutrition issues that could easily be addressed working together as a team,” he said.
The group’s Coordinator in the state, Mr Silas Ideva, said that the meeting presented an opportunity for media and health coalitions to discuss the prevailing nutrition burden and funding gap in the state.
Ideva said that the CS-SUNN’s Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition Systems (PINNS) project aimed at strengthening the Nigeria nutrition systems to be more Result-driven, Effective, Serviceable, Efficient and Transparent (RESET).
He pointed out that the malnutrition among women and children had remained a major challenge to health and human development of the citizens of the state.
“The present administration has demonstrated significant commitment in tackling the malnutrition and health situation to improve the survival rate of children in the state,” he said.
Mr Mustpha Jumare, Co-Chair Open Government Partnership (OGP), noted the need for the government to increase funding of the nutrition sector to save children from dying of malnutrition.
Jumare, who is also the Chairman, Kaduna State Maternal Newborn and Child Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), said that KADMAM would partner with CS-SUNN to strengthen advocacy for nutrition funding in the state.