The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing collaboration between USAID/Nigeria and FCTA to boost the health of residents in the Territory.
During the signing ceremony, the Mission Director USAID/Nigeria, Anne Patterson, revealed that though the health status of the FCT population was fair when compared with other states of the federation, but noted that with the country’s north east crisis and perception of economic opportunities in the nation’s capital, FCT has seen an increase in the influx of people from other parts of the country.
She, further noted that this population increase was putting stress on the available public infrastructure, especially primary healthcare facilities, which are ill-equipped and under-resourced to address the increased health needs of the residents.
“The purpose of the MOU is to support the revitalization of the FCT healthcare system to deliver quality, affordable, and sustainable preventive and primary healthcare services to the residents of FCT.
“With the signing of this MOU, USAID expects to apply global best practices and provide high-level technical expertise to assist the FCTA to meet their health improvement goals to operationalize their health plans and their reform strategies,” she said.
Also, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, while signing on behalf of the FCT Administration, acknowledged the tremendous role of USAID/Nigeria, in the development of healthcare facilities in the Federal Capital Territory, adding that the administration would actively sustain and build on the cost-effective intervention of this partnership.
Aliyu noted that USAID had recently supported the FCT Administration with a $20 million investment in family planning and reproductive health interventions, supporting facilities to improve service delivery, distributing contraceptive commodities, and increasing demand among local communities for these services and products.
Recall that the MoU shall cover a period of 5 years and as part of this effort, USAID plans to commit $45 million over the five years period for FCT through four existing health activities namely: the Integrated health programme, breakthrough action, health workforce management, and the global health supply chain.