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AmplifyChange Presentation in Kano, Nigeria

David Daniels, Chair of the Consortium Steering Committee together with Bethany Brady of MannionDaniels visited Kano, northern Nigeria between 19 and 24 April.  “We used the opportunity of our visit to the DFID Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health programme (MNCH2) to promote the aims of AmplifyChange to technical staff based across 6 States of northern Nigeria.  We had an interesting discussion and there was considerable interest to share the information with local CSOs working on SRHR across the region”  Participants at the briefing came from the 6 States of, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara.

MannionDaniels’ consultant, Birte Holme Sorenson, worked on a short-term technical assignment with the Futures Group Europe in Ghana.  The Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health programme (GHARH), funded by DFID, has an overall strategy to strengthen the capacity of its grantees at both national and district levels.  MD conducted an assessment of capacity-needs of grantees in close consultation with GHARH and district-level stakeholders, and the results are in line with other commonly-observed capacity gaps at district level RH, namely:  issues of district-level funding flow, how to reach out of school youth, and addressing both the social and health needs of youth.

MannionDaniels is pleased to be part of a consortium working on MANI – a Maternal and Newborn Health Improvement project  in Bungoma County, Kenya.

Bungoma County, KenyaThe aim of the new Maternal and Newborn Health Improvement (MANI) project is to strengthen core health systems in Bungoma County and to increase the survival rate of mothers and newborns by enabling poor women to access affordable and quality health services throughout the county.

In 2013, Kenya saw the introduction of free maternal care, which has led to a demand for maternal health services throughout the country – an important step towards Universal Health Coverage.

The recent devolution in Kenya has given the counties a new opportunity to make significant improvements in Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH). The MANI project, with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), is now working on a three-year programme with the County Health Management Team (GHMT) in Bungoma County.

The MANI project is centred around three core areas:

1) Strengthening health systems to manage and deliver quality MNH services

2) Working at the community level to increase demand for services by mothers and newborns

3) Leading the County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF) to provide funding to innovative projects, which offer local solutions to local problems in reducing maternal and newborn mortality.

MannionDaniels is providing technical expertise to reach the MANI project objective to strengthen health systems to manage and deliver quality MNH services. Our work focuses on health planning, governance and leadership. We initially worked with the Bungoma CHMT to perform an organisational capacity assessment together, using a excel- based tool that produces a scorecard that easily allows everyone to see where change should happen and how to track progress.

The result of this work will be strengthened management systems and an increased capacity of health workers to provide quality services to women and newborns and reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.

Other consortium members in MANI are: Marie Stopes International and Options Consultancy Services (leads), with support from AMREF, CARE, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Research, KPMG Kenya, MannionDaniels, and the Population Council.

MannionDaniels is delighted to report that the UK Department for International Development has signalled it will be supporting SRHR fund AmplifyChange.

UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening speaks at WOW festivalSpeaking at the Women of the World Festival, held to coincide with International Women’s Day, the UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

“I’m pleased to be announcing today that my department is investing £8 million in a new initiative, AmplifyChange – a fund, not just supported by the UK but others too, that will primarily support smaller community groups, activists and individuals that work on sexual and reproductive health and rights and related issues, including the causes and consequences of child marriage, FGM and gender-based violence.”

Read Justine Greening’s full speech here.

MannionDaniels is leading the consortium that manages AmplifyChange.

Photo: Lindsay Mgbor / DFID