Report by Gerald C. Koinyeneh- 0880881540/0777769531 / [email protected]The Civil Society group, in addition, called on the Ministry of Health to ensure that there is a budget line for reproduction, maternal, newborn and adolescent and sexual reproductive health ((RMNCH) in the national health budget. In 2001, member nations of the African Union during a conference in Abuja, Nigeria pledged to increase their health budget to at least 15 percent of their respective national budget and requested Western donor countries to increase their support. The group outlined that Liberia has not been living up to key national health policies including the National Health Financing Policy Plan, the expired Roadmap for the Reduction of Maternal and newborn mortality and mobility, and Liberia National Health Investment. In addition to increasing the national health budget by 15 percent and apportioning fund for RMNCH, the civil society organizations want the government of Liberia allot 10 percent of the Health budget to Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent in adherence the ‘Every Woman, Every Child Initiative or the conventional mandate. Rapidly Declining Health SectorThe CSOs made the call in the wake of the rapidly declining health sector of Liberia.
Source: Front Page Africa May 21, 2019 06:33 UTC