A Nigerian, Dr Aminu Magashi Garba, has been elected as one of two next civil society representatives to the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Investors’ Group.
The announcement came at end of the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, PMNCH, NGO constituency’s board meeting held Thursday 27th October 2016 in Maputo, Mozambique.
The Global Financing Facility, GFF, is a multi-stakeholder partnership in support of the United Nation’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and the new Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
The GFF, in support of Every Woman Every Child seeks to contribute to global efforts and momentum to end preventable deaths of women, adolescents, children, and newborns by 2030 and to accelerate and direct domestic and international resources to scale sustainable financing of RMNCAH
“Your active engagement, commitment to transparent and participatory processes, and in depth knowledge of health planning and financing impressed the review committee, and we are confident in your ability to fulfill the role.
“We are truly pleased to welcome you to this position and hope to have your confirmation of acceptance as soon as possible,” said Betsy McCallon, chair of the PMNCH NGO Board about Magashi’s election.
Dr Aminu Magashi Garba founded and coordinates the Africa Health Budget Network, AHBN, a regional network committed to using budget advocacy to influence adequate spending, transparency and accountability in Africa’s health sector.
By virtue of his engagements as coordinator of AHBN, he is an active member of the Global Financing Facility’s CSOs Coordination Group and Global Steering Committee for Harmonization on Universal Health Coverage Advocacy Initiative.
Magashi is also the co-convener of the PMNCH Steering Group on Accountability Drive and the chair of the board of trustees of the Community Health and Research Initiative, CHR, a Nigerian NGO advocating for transparency and accountability and sustainable financing in the health sector.
He recently led the Africa Health Budget Network to launch a global and regional campaign “Value our Health” focusing on openness and participation.
For almost 15 years, he has maintained a weekly newspaper column on public health with Daily Trust newspaper; a leading and respected Nigerian daily and publishes ‘Health Reporters – www.healthreporters.info’ – an online newspaper that reports exclusively on SRMNCAH in Africa. In the last 2 decades, he has been an activist for accountability and transparency and sustainable financing in the health sector in Nigeria and Africa.
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