Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), a sub-grantee of the Partnership for Advocacy in family and child Health At Scale (PAS), conducted a 2-day training for the constituted Health Committee of Bichi emirate council on Health Advocacy, Resource mobilization, and Team building in Bichi, Kano State.
Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, commended MWAN-PAS for the training, especially when the state is battling a COVID-19 pandemic and food poisoning outbreak.
The training followed the inauguration of the newly constituted Kano State Emirate council committee on health was set up to provide to promote essential healthcare service delivery in the emirate. The committee will also serve as an advocacy team that will work with other health partners to promote quality healthcare in the region.
In his opening speech at the event, the Emir, Nasiru Ado Bayero, urged the committee to use the experience they will gain from the WMAN-PAS intervention to promote healthcare delivery and be able to advocate for improved funding and delivery for the teeming people of the emirate.
In his speech at the occasion, MWAN-PAS Project Director Dr. Rahila Muhktar expressed the readiness of PAS to engage the traditional institution as a critical stakeholder in improving health indices in Kano State.
‘This capacity building is to strengthen the ability of the emirate health committee to be able to advocate effectively, mobilize resources to supplement public allocation, work with operational plans, and learn team-building techniques to make them better,’ She said
Dr. Rahila assured the committee that MWAN-PAS would continue to engage other stakeholders to form a coalition to advocate for improved funding in Kano State.
Earlier, Bichi Emirate Health Committee Chairman Dr. Yusuf Muhammed said the capacity building exercise would boost the capacity of the committee members in advocacy, resource mobilization, and operationalization of their work plan to strengthen their work.
He commended MWAN-PAS for the intervention and assured that the emirate would continue to work with them to improve healthcare delivery in Kano State.