Dr. Farouk M Jega is the project lead and responsible for donor relations and leading advocacy and engagement with higher level government partners and stakeholders. Farouk is an obstetrician/ gynecologist physician with over six years of leadership experience in managing complex reproductive health programs. Farouk is an active member of the National Reproductive Health Technical Working Group and the Nigeria Independent Accountability Mechanism.
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Pathfinder International Nigeria
Pathfinder International’s mission is to ensure that people everywhere have the right and opportunity to live healthy sexual and reproductive lives. For more than 55 years, Pathfinder has championed access to high-quality health services, from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder International has been present in Nigeria for more than 40 years developing local capacity to deliver and manage high quality RH programs in addressing maternal and newborn health. Current program portfolio includes projects in MNH, family planning advocacy and service delivery, and HIV/AIDS in eleven states.
In support of the AFP project, Pathfinder’s goal is to work with the Government of Nigeria to help fulfill its commitment to the FP2020 goal to increase the modern contraceptive prevalence rate to 36% by 2018. Through coordinated advocacy efforts, Pathfinder will work at the sub-national level in Lagos, Kwara, Gombe and Kebbi states and possibly additional states in subsequent years. Advocacy will be targeted to ensure states prioritize family planning through increased budgetary commitments and implementation of relevant policies that support family planning.
1) Reposition family planning in Lagos state through the creation of an advocacy network.
2) Improve access to quality, rights-based family planning services by addressing policy and budgetary barriers for services and commodities.
3) Facilitate the involvement of civil society voice in budgeting for FP and tracking the release of funds for FP services by the year 2017
4) Co-convene with Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria an Accelerating Contraceptive Choice meeting of stakeholders from six states and the FCT.