The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Office in Nigeria on Tuesday conducted the final handover ceremony and the End-of-Project Evaluation by Partner Country exercise for the 5 million USD project titled “Fostering Resilience and Provision of Basic Medical Services for Women and Girls in Borno State, Nigeria” which was implemented in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Nigeria Country Office.
The KOICA Country Director Mr. Sungil Son commended the UNFPA and the Borno State Government for their contributions to the achievements recorded on the project and reiterated the need for both entities to ensure that recorded achievements were sustainably maintained.
“The KOICA team led by the Country Director said the project which was aimed at building resilient communities through the restoration of access to basic medical and social services for women and girls in conflict-affected communities has recorded some key achievements including the 61 health facilities strengthened by KOICA for Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), 1 constructed fully functional and integrated women empowerment center for women and girls economic empowerment.
“Trained 130 health workers on LARC, 90 health workers trained on Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) and 293 health workers trained on Maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR), 11 newly established functional safe spaces, an established and fully equipped Fistula Centre of Excellence at the State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, 626 patients reached with quarterly pooled fistula repairs, 90 skilled birth attendants trained.
He added that over 114,350 births have so far been delivered by trained skilled birth attendants, 81,448 women received antenatal care, 21,597 women received postpartum care, 109,408 live births, and 118,233 women of reproductive age have had their family planning needs satisfied at health facilities supported by KOICA.
The KOICA team also visited other project sites and beneficiaries such as the KOICA-supported state-of-the-art Fistula Centre of Excellence at the State Specialist Hospital, the fully equipped Women Empowerment Centre, and Integrated Health care facility at Muna Garage IDP Camp.
Delivering his remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr. Stephen Pakshar, who represented the Borno State Government at the handover ceremony conveyed the State Government’s appreciation to KOICA and UNFPA for their tremendous support towards the development of the state.
He assured the government’s readiness to establish and ensure the sustainability of the facilities and equipment being handed over to the State Government.