My concern then was the fact that the Nigerian Health NGOs who were expected to engage in meaningful advocacy both at the policy environment and communities to douse tension and influence positive progress were just mere spectators. 10 years after, the health advocacy landscape in Nigeria hasn’t changed much. While we have more health NGOs we still lack that sustained, concerted and organised advocacy efforts that will positively impact in the health sector. Let’s have a quick scan of health issues currently which through strategic advocacy efforts we expect to witness improvement. Nigeria commits to allocate 15% of its budget to health in line with 2001 Abuja Declaration and to spend $54 per health capita. Our current health budget is about 6% and we are spending about $20 per capita annually. The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is 545 in Nigeria compared to other countries of Africa is unacceptably high.
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