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SURE-P: 14,577 women enrol for antenatal clinic

A total of 14,577 women have been enrolled in the SURE-P Maternal and Child Health Conditional Cash Transfer Pilot Programme, says Dr Ugo Okoli, the Project Director.

Okoli told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday that the programme, which started in 2012, was being piloted in eight states and the FCT.

She said the programme’s goal was to increase the demand for basic Maternal Newborn and Child Health services among pregnant women in supported communities.

“A total of 14,577 women have been enrolled in the Conditional Cash Transfer pilot programme.

“This represents an overall increase of 81 per cent in the number of women registering for antenatal clinic in these facilities.

“A total of N18 million have been paid out to beneficiaries in the eight pilot states and the FCT, while an average of 32 per cent of these women have delivered with skilled birth attendants,’’ Okoli said.

She said the objectives of the programme included increasing the availability of skilled health workers to provide maternal and child health services at the Primary Health Care  level.

Other objectives are providing visible infrastructure renovations to primary health care centres under the SURE-P MCH Project, and increasing supply of essential service commodities at PHC facilities to improve service delivery.

Okoli added that this would increase the demand for MCH services in rural communities through the use of CCT and community engagement at the grassroots.

The director said the programme had generated significant increase in the uptake of services at primary health care centres in communities hosting them.

She said a total of 519,536 pregnant women had received antenatal care services from October 2012, when health care workers were deployed to the PHC facilities, to November 2013.

The doctor added that 153,240 pregnant women had completed focused antenatal care (ANC+four visits), noting that 196,556 new ANC visits had been recorded in SURE-P supported PHC facilities.

“A total of 43,090 women (a 37 per cent increase from baseline) have accepted modern contraceptive methods in SURE-P supported PHC facilities.

“Also, 88,982 deliveries (a 51 per cent increase from baseline) have been taken by skilled birth attendants deployed to SURE-P supported PHC facilities,” she said.

Okoli said 170,500 “mama kits, 2,000 outreach kits, 3,000 village health workers’ kits and 3,000 midwifery kits were supplied to SURE-P MCH facilities.

“SURE-P MCH is currently piloting the CCT initiative in 38 PHCs in eight states and the FCT, and it is now planning to scale up to nine other states due to the success of the pilot.”

She said a total of 11,028 health workers had been recruited and deployed to 1,000 PHCs supported by SURE-P MCH in the 36 states and the FCT.

Okoli added that these facilities were in the rural and hard-to-reach areas across the country.

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