By Lawrence Duya, Abuja-Nigeria.
As the vaccination against COVID-19 continues around the world, Afrihealth Optonet Association is to organize a symposium on COVID-19 vaccine Hesitancy on the 2nd of April 2021.
The theme of the symposium is VACCINE HESITANCY IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19 AND OTHER VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES-MYTHS AND REALITIES.
The keynote address is to be delivered by Dr. Fausal Shaibu, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Abuja, Nigeria. The moderator is Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, Project Director/CEO Coalition for Vaccines, Vitamins, and Immunization for All (CoVIA) and United Nations Representative, Afrihealth Optonet Association (CSOs Network)
According to Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, the
Coalition for Vaccines, Vitamins, and Immunizations for All [CoVIA] Project/
Afrihealth Optonet Association – an NGO (CSOs Network) with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC) in a statement made available to journalists today in Abuja stated that the panelists include: Dr. Dorothy Umoh, COVID-19 front line nurse, Matrix Medical Network, USA; Engr. Wilcox Onyemekeihia, Secretary of Programmers to the SSA on Youth Affairs, Cross River State, Nigeria; Prof. Bernard Seytre, Adviser on COVID-19 communication for the West African Health Organization (WAHO).
He disclosed that the meeting is via Zoom and the time is 1.00 pm West African Time.
Afrihealth Optonet Association is a community-focused civil society organization (CSO) network/think-tank of about 1000 CSOs with interests in the promotion of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and achievement/realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in the global South. AFRIHEALTH Network and its members are involved in Health (universal Health Coverage, HIV/AIDS, TB, FP/RH, and Malaria-prevention, treatment, impact, mitigation, care, and support); Vaccination/Immunisations; preventing/Controlling poverty-related Diseases; Nutrition and Food Security; Energy and Environment; and Empowerment, Gender/Women Empowerment, Good Governance, and Human Rights.
AFRIHEALTH which was incorporated in Nigeria as a not-for-profit, non-religious, and non-partisan registered trustees in 2003, uses partnerships/Collaboration (PPP); Advocacy and Mobilisation; Research/Evidence-Generation (reviews, assessment, oversight, conferences, symposia, seminars); Capacity Development/Training and Organisational strengthening; Outreaches/Community Interactions; and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) -called PARCOM strategy to achieve its objectives while focusing on rural and poor urban communities, marginalised, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations especially women , children, adolescent and elderly; and exploring the nexus/interlinkages between Health, Energy and Environment – including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation, climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems; Nutrition and Food Security, and Gender, Good Governance/Democracy, and Human Rights.
Its target beneficiaries include the poorest of the poorest, children/infants and orphans, women, youths/adolescents, vulnerable population/groups, and the elderly in rural and urban/suburban communities.
Afrihealth Optonet Association has a Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC.
The Honourable Minister of Women Affairs in Nigeria, Dame Pauline Tallen has commended the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, for taking the bold step to Launch the Armed Forces Gender Policy.
Tallen made the commendation in her remarks at Abuja during the meeting of Security Sector reference group on on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in Nigeria. She said the group was inaugurated in June 2020 to provide the framework amongst others to ensure greater collaboration and interaction between gender-specific structures of security sector actors in the country.
The Minister noted that General Irabor has displayed unalloyed support for mainstreaming gender in the Nigeria Armed Forces. “This is worthy of commendation and he stands out as our true He-for-She champion. And we will soon reach out to him to decorate him. We are hoping that one day a woman will occupy this position”, she expressed.
Dame Tallen also saluted the commitment of stakeholders in ensuring the successful hosting of the First Annual Security Sector Forum on Women in the Security Sector in Nigeria organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and the Defence Headquarters with support from UN Women.
“As we work towards developing the third National Action Plan (NAP-3), the experiences and lessons learnt in the implementation of NAP-1 and NAP-2 would serve as reference point. We expect that NAP-3 will identify and capture current Women, Peace and Security priorities and key interventions needs in Nigeria, including the COVID-19 pandemic and other emerging issues, and specifics for each of the six geo-political zones of the Country.
“We will work in partnership with and support from partners, including the services of Women, Peace and Security expert consultants. We are already working with UN Women to support us technically for quality delivery and attainment of the set goal and objectives. Other organizations have also indicated interest to work with us in carrying out this activity.
“We will also engage the three arms of Government (Executive, Judiciary and Legislature) at the National and State levels in the process, including identification of synergy between their respective mandates and the provisions of UNSCR 1325. The Ministry will also work closely other key stakeholders; including the Security Sector, Civil Society Organizations, Women Groups/Networks and the National Advisory body for the implementation of NAP in Nigeria. This approach will enhance collective ownership by National institutions for better implementation of NAP-3”, she stated.
She discloy that domestication of the UNSCR 1325 in the six geo-political zones of the country as only 14 States have developed their State Action Plans. which include: Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Delta, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Plateau, Rivers, Nasarawa and Yobe. 10 out of these States have gone further to develop their Local Action Plans.