In an open letter penned to Nigeria’s President Buhari, the ONE Campaign along with 22 other reputable NGOs call on the Nigerian government’s bold leadership to deliver a #PeoplesBudget2016 – a genuinely pro-poor 2016 budget that will prioritise the development of the health sector, and the government’s adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
If followed through, these proposals and the new SDG commitments could create a new Nigeria as they will unleash opportunities that will transform the country, the African continent, and the world.
Nigeria is one of the worst places in the world to be a child, infant or mother. Here are three reasons why:
Access to basic healthcare in Nigeria is still the privilege of a few.
Thousands of Nigerian newborns are infected with HIV, a completely preventable tragedy for want of pills that cost a few Nairas.
Malnutrition in Nigeria remains a silent killer. It particularly affects mothers and children, contributing to the deaths of about half a million children each year.
The open letter calls for bold and targeted pro-poor public investments in the following sectors in order to turn around healthcare and ensure children and mothers have a fair shot at life:
- Child vaccines
- Expansion and upgrade of health facilities
- Human capital development
- Nutrition specific investments
- Addressing the stunting and wasting among Nigerian children
Statistics in the open letter are from 2013 – 2015.