CHESIDS in collaboration with FENAM* and PAMAI** supported the Benue state ministry of Health in Nigeria to deliver services during its Maternal and Child Health Week (MNCHW) in July, 2015. The MNCHW is held twice a year across the 36 states in Nigeria. The goal of the MNCHW is to contribute to health system strengthening through improved promotion, delivery and utilization of health and nutrition services by women and children.

CHESIDS as part of its objectives to support health system strengthening and promote better health outcomes for resource constrained and underserved communities in Nigeria, entered into a collaborative partnership with PAMAI and FENAM to support the delivery of services to Under-Fives during the MNCHW.  CHESIDS secured a stock of anti-helminthic and Vitamin A supplements from Vitamin Angels Inc through PAMAI.  CHESIDS facilitated the distribution of these commodities to the relevant state authorities and onwards to communities where they were administered.  In doing this, CHESIDS successfully boosted the availability of appropriate stock of commodities of Albendazole for children aged 12- 59 months and Vitamin A supplements for children aged 6-59 months in Gwer East, Makurdi, Gboko, Kwande, Vandeikya and Guma Local Government Areas of Benue State, Nigeria. As a result of our support, additional number of 36,000 children received Vitamin A supplements and 30,784 children received Albendazole during the exercise. Previous reports from several states show that timely and sufficient supply of commodities can be a bottleneck in effective delivery of services during MNCH week, another constraint identified was resource constraints for distribution of the commodities to the target locations where they are to be administered. Through this partnership, CHESIDS was able to support the state in overcoming some of these barriers thereby increasing the number of children who benefitted from the services during MNCH week.

CHESIDS continues to engage in comparable partnerships to improve access to health services for vulnerable and underserved populations.

Federation of Female Nurses and Midwives (FENAM)

Poverty & Associated Maladies Alleviation Initiative (PAMAI)