A civil society activist working for Partners in Rural Development (PARD-SL) in Kailahun district has said Facility Improvement Team Assessment Scorecard (FIT) “is an eye-opener” to be used by civil society to advocate for improved maternal and new born health care in the country.
Influenced by MamaYe Super Activists, Hasana realised that being a midwife, she actually could do something to improve the health of pregnant women and newborns. Her action is quite simple, but good enough to help many pregnant women.
Read the story behind how MamaYe Nigeria combined radio with other advocacy efforts to secure the commitment of Bauchi State government to allocate 15% of the State's total budget to health, making the State currently the only one with such budgetary allocation to health.
Esther Agbon is a development activist with over 15 years experience in development covering areas such as Maternal and Child Health, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Women’s Rights, Enterprise Development, Business Management and Consulting. She has a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and a Master of Project Development and Implementation from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She also has a Diploma in Gender Poverty and Employment from the International Labour Organization.
Esther is an experienced trainer on Human Rights Based Approach, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Leadership, Budget Tracking and Advocacy, Teambuilding, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management.
Esther worked for Support and Training Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), an IFC/World Bank Project for four years (2000 -2004) providing business development services to Medium, Small and Micro enterprises. She also worked for ActionAid Nigeria for 10 years under different capacities, as Programme Advisor- Reproductive Health and Programme Coordinator, Governance.
Presently Esther is the Health Budget Advocacy Advisor with Evidence for Action, Nigeria. Her role involves designing and implementing Public Service Accountability and Advocacy programmes on Health. Esther is also involved in strengthening capacity of community actors to advocate for their right to health and she works with government at all levels to influence the review and adoption of policies that facilitate equitable access to health services.