Canada earmarks $3.5 billion to tackle health challenges of Nigerian women, children

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The Canadian government has earmarked $3.5 billion to advance the health of women and children in Nigeria, Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Christopher Thorney has said.

Mr. Thorney made this known during the Multi-Country Dissemination of the Rapid Access Expansion (RAcE) Project on Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Illnesses (iCCM) in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that Canada has a long-standing history of working to advance the health of women and children in Nigeria, including polio eradication efforts and other health initiatives.

He noted that Canada’s latest initiative will span a 2015-2020 template and targets related programs during the five years.

Mr. Thorney, who commended the remarkable progress made so far in reducing child mortality, said that significant work remains to be done.

“Troubling statistics are there, in 2016, about 5.6 million children under the age of five died worldwide; to make that more understandable, that is about 15,000 child deaths per day.

“We also understand that for three-quarters of under-five mortality, we are also dealing with a handful of leading causes such as diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia.

“All of these can be prevented or treated with access to simple and affordable interventions when they are available and certainly they are not always available’’, he said.

He noted that most of the effective interventions for these diseases are known, simple and affordable, but they are often inaccessible for the families who cannot reach health facilities in time especially within the crucial 24 hours.

He said unless the barriers are tackled, the nation stood the risk of losing the momentum it had gained.

In his remarks, World Health Organisation Country Representative, Nigeria, Wondi Alemu, said WHO was very proud of ”the great work that had been done in Nigeria, Niger, DRC, Mozambique, Malawi on the iCCM.”

“As for Nigeria, I see for myself that iCCM is a successful program, I say a programme because it is a project that will last after this financing from the government of Canada.

“I believe that this will be taken up by government and states ministries of health as well to make sure that the strategy is replicated in other states’’, he said.

He added that focus of iCCM was a reduction of the burden of deaths of under-fives from malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia in ”underserved, hard to reach areas using Community Oriented Resource Persons (CORPs).”


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  • Chuma Anierobi

    This money should be spent on the natives of Canada and not Nigeria. This nonsense must stop. Canada must clean her house first.

    • So oju abe niko

      Uncle Chuma. U do well. We can walk and chew gum at the same time. Canada can continue to work on its deficient relationship with the Canada native people and the the native institution, without compromising our obligations around the world.

      I’m more concerned about this headline, which is likely misleading. I don’t think we have $3.5 Billion to throw away on Nigeria alone over 5 years. I think that figure is probably the total amount we are spending all over the world and not just in Nigeria alone. The HC should have mentioned how much has been spent so far, since this was supposed to have started in 2015.

  • newday

    3rd in world infant mortality ranking, 9ja itself has been still-born since the end of the 1st Republic. Since then we entered an era of know nothing regimes. They can’t provide access to drinking water, pick up trash or manage sanitation.. What do you expect from leaders who choose to come to work in festive attires, instead of work clothes like the rest of us? Canada will be spending its money on palliatives rather than the root cause.