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Susty Events: #MakeNaijaStronger Campaign PSA launch

Fifteen years ago, all African governments made a commitment in Abuja to increase health spending to 15% of their national budgets. However, the funding for the historic Abuja Declaration has never been met by Nigerian policymakers – only 4.37% of the country’s budget is allocated to health in the 2016 Appropriation Bill – and the National Health Act 2014 has not yet been funded nor fully implemented.

ONE is committed to combatting extreme poverty in Africa and have launched the #MakeNaijaStronger campaign using Nigerian celebrities to push a petition that urges Nigerian leaders to invest more in the Nigerian Health Sector

On Wednesday, 12th of October, 2016, we attended the launch of  a new video for the  campaign titled “I AM IN …to make Naija Stronger” with an all-star cast including Yemi Alade, Desmond Elliot, Waje Iruobe, Kate Henshaw, Ali Nuhu, Basketmouth and Toolz. Watch below:

 

There was also a panel discussion on the state of the Health sector and it was noted that Nigeria spends relatively little on the health of its citizens and as a result faces numerous deleterious crisis with women and children suffering and dying from preventable diseases.

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Founder, Jennifer Uchendu and Ulrich J van Vuuren, ONE Digital Manager

The Panel Session followed a media chat with campaign ambassadors Waje , Ali Nuhu and other media influencers to discuss ways to get more signatories for the petition. This session was moderated by  EbonyLive’s Arit Okpo

 

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Please sign the petition here if you are yet to.