WAVA became a founding member of the Nigeria Global Financing Facility (GFF) Working Group (WG) in Abuja on July 27, 2017. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON) headquarters and was hosted by the Health Sector Reform Coalition (HSRC), with its secretariat domiciled at HERFON headquarters. Thus, WAVA joined 10 other civil society organizations (CSOs) to drive national and sub-national efforts towards increased health funding, release, implementation and accountability.
Speaking at the inauguration, co-chair of GFF, Dr Idris Muhammed said that GFF – a global facility supported by the World Bank – was geared towards identifying catalytic civil society organizations (CSOs) to spur developing countries to achieve the SDGs, with particular reference to SDG 3: to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.
Dr Muhammed stated that the GFF in support of ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ was launched in July 2015 to bring together stakeholders in sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMANCAH) under the leadership of government to provide SMART, scaled and sustainable financing to accelerate efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030.
He also mentioned that Nigerian CSOs played a critical role in providing unique and diverse knowledge, expertise and connections to communities that GFF aim to serve with the objective to elevate community voices, policy advocacy, resource mobilization, monitoring and independent accountability and results. Thus in 2015, HERFON was selected to represent the CSO in Nigeria National Platform for GFF. In addition, the Global GFF for CSO engagement – the GFF CSOs Coordinating Group and the World Bank – identified HSRC to host the Nigeria GFF CSOs Working Group as it was the largest CSO network in Nigeria.
The members of the GFF WG were announced and recited a pledge to commit to GFF activities
|1||Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA)||Women-led organization|
|2||Association of Nigerian Health Journalists||Media|
|3||Nigeria Medical Association (NMA)||Health professional organization|
|4||Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)||Healthcare financing organization|
|5||Population and Reproductive Health Initiative (PRHI/FP2020)||Youth leader|
|6||Education as a Vaccine (EVA Nigeria)||Youth leader|
|7||Coalition for Maternal Health in Niger State (COMiN)||Niger State CSO representative|
|8||Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN)||Osun State CSO representative|
|9||Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy and Development (FENRAD)||Abia State CSO representative|
|10||Islamic Youth League of Nigeria (IYL)||Faith-based organization|
|11||Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON)||Faith-based organization|
Co-chair of GFF, Dr Ben Anyene, welcomed the foundational members of the Nigeria GFF and urged that their membership be utilized to further equip their organizations with skills relevant for resource mobilization, including time, money, energy, expertise and competencies. The following day, July 28, an induction training was organized to fully debrief members of their expected roles and activities for engagement with government partners at various levels within a specified timeline. The full-day event ended with the development of a draft work-plan for the period August to December 2017.