The last 15 years have being unprecedented all over the world with one clarion call ‘implement Millenniums Development Goals (MDGs) and achieve all its targets by 2015. 15 years is over and we are now in 2015 to say good bye to MDGs and welcome the new bride ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We have a big, bold agenda before us – now we must work to make it real in people’s lives everywhere,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ahead of the gaveling of a new agenda for sustainable development.
We might be operating in our own local environment, but certainly international decisions, whether we are aware of or consulted, affect how much resources come to us.
Ten low and middle-income countries were celebrated for the significant progress in their efforts to save the lives of women and children during the recently concluded Partners Forum in Johannesburg. They were reported to have invested in high-impact health interventions as well as making significant progress across multiple health-enhancing sectors, including education, women’s political and economic participation, clean water and sanitation, poverty reduction and economic growth.
Nigeria has made another, yet to be kept, financial promise to family planning. It is the same case with other promises like allocating 15% of national budget to develop the health system. If health is wealth and our health system is weak, how then can we be wealthy as a nation? Find out why the government must fulfil commitments made.
When I asked many civil societies and media ‘how many of you know about national health account and how it can be use for expenditure tracking and advocacy’? Over 90% of them responded with ‘NO’.
With great concern for the situation of the Nigerian health system, and the sudden exit of a visionary State health minister, it is important to look into possible setbacks the initiatives under him may suffer, and the implications on our struggling health sector.