BaSAM Reviews ToR, Develops MNCH Score Card
By Bashir Hassan Abubakar
Towards further enhancing service delivery in Maternal ,Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) and also holding leaders accountable, the Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism for MNCH (BaSAM MNCH) have reviewed it’s Term of Reference (ToR) for better performance.
While addressing select group of BaSAM members during a two days review meeting, Evidence 4 Action (E4A) Bauchi State Advisor, Khadijah Katagum said that the objective of the meeting was to review BaSAM’s Political Economic Analysis (PEA) that is captured in the Coalition’s ToR.
Katagum also said that participants at the meeting are expected to develop the July – December 2020 MNCH score card, to be used as an advocacy kit in the improvement of MNCH in Bauchi State.
Also speaking, the new Co-chair of BaSAM from the CSOs side, Comrade Ibrahim Ladan Wunti commended members for their commitment during the review meeting and also appeal for sound contributions at the meeting.
“I appreciate the zeal, passion and enthusiasm that is being demonstrated by BaSAM members, towards bringing succour to the well-being of expectant / nursing mothers, newborn and children in general”, said Wunti.
Wunti, who is also the executive director of a Nigerian based NGO known as Community Initiative for the Promotion of Health and Education (CIPRHES), said that the new executives are determined to ensure ownership and sustainability of BaSAM and also commended E4A Mamaye Project for their technical support.
Our correspondent reports that the two days meeting saw participants reviewing BaSAM ToR to capture emerging issues. Also, July-December 2020 score card was developed, using evidence, to serve as a tool on advocacy visits to relevant MDAs.
Key messages, that are mostly centered around budget releases, were also developed by the participants during the meeting.
One of the participants who spoke to our correspondent, Mubarak Muhammad commended the new leadership of BaSAM and also expressed his optimism that the coalition will one day metamorphosed into a powerful group in the crusade for enhanced MNCH.
Another participant, Anita Turaka also appreciated E4A for their role in mentoring citizens to take ownership of interventions, programs and projects initiated by development partners.
The review meeting attracted participants from relevant state MDAs, CSOs and the Media.