Nigeria Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA) is a President Malaria Initiative for States (PMI-S) consortium partner implementing Sub-Task 4.4; “Advocate for the integration of malaria activities into state Plans, budgets, monitoring process and reports” of PMI-S Task. NIFAA’s role is aimed at strengthening existing health systems, and to improve the State Malaria Elimination Program (SMEP) Management.
Highlights of the workshop focused on identifying advocacy issues with further development of advocacy tools towards mobilization of state domestic funding for malaria programs.
While commending NIFAA for their tremendous work in organizing the workshop, Dr. Godfrey Akro (Director of Public Health, SMOH) suggested that religious leaders should be a part of advocacy visits to our leaders. He further pleaded for assistance in advocating for Malaria programs to be included in the budget, State Plans, Monitoring & Evaluation, and Resource Materials.
Stakeholders present at the 3 day workshop included the Executive Secretary of the AKSPHCDA represented by Aniekan David, Snr Statistician-AKSPHCDA, Dr. Godfrey Akro, Director of Public Health-State Ministry of Health, Dr. John Orok, State Coordinator-SMEP, Mrs. Mary Bassey, SCFA FP, SMOH, Dr. Anyiekere Ekanem, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), religious leaders, amongst others.