Title: Insights from the Ondo State ATM Quarterly Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Review Meeting
The Ondo State ATM Quarterly Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Review meeting, attended by Taiwo and Shola, provided a comprehensive overview of the health sector’s achievements and ongoing efforts in addressing critical health issues. The meeting, which took place at Homtel Derivatives and Suites, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa, was a significant gathering aimed at evaluating the progress and challenges in the fight against GBV and other health concerns.
The meeting commenced with an opening prayer led by a volunteer, followed by the establishment of ground rules. Emphasis was on the fact that there should be no side talks and the importance of a unified meeting. Participant introductions set the stage for a productive exchange of ideas and experiences.
Mr. Junaid delivered the opening remarks, highlighting the focus on addressing HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria within the health facilities and centers. He emphasized the targeted regions of Ilaje, Akure South, Akure North, and Ondo West, underscoring the success stories achieved through proper interventions in the health sector. The convergence of efforts also extended to addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV), with a call for collaboration in various spheres to combat this critical issue.
Several individuals presented goodwill messages, including representatives from the Ondo State Ministry of Health. Also to the Ministry of Women Affairs, and the state HIV/AIDS agency. Each expressed appreciation, acknowledging the collective contributions towards health initiatives. The significance of collaboration and the need for harmony in upcoming programs were recurrent themes in these messages.
The meeting also outlined the project objectives, emphasizing the need to strengthen Nigeria’s health systems. To also enhance governance and coordination across ATM services, and support states through engagement to manage health programs effectively. The objectives further sought to address gaps in systems and infrastructure and contribute to preventing, treating, and managing COVID-19.
Notable achievements highlighted the increased knowledge of the community on GBV and GHR, along with impactful sensitization activities in various communities, such as Zion, Oba Ile, Iju, and Ondo Garage, regarding GBV cases. Reports on sensitization efforts and responses to reported cases underscored the proactive approach taken by the participants.
The meeting also delved into the intricacies of Performance-Based Funding, emphasizing that investments are made based on performance to ensure meaningful impact in addressing HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
The meeting concluded with a closing remark from the SPO, expressing gratitude to all attendees, followed by a volunteer-led closing prayer at 2:30 pm, marking the end of an insightful and collaborative gathering.
The Ondo State ATM Quarterly GBV Review meeting provided a platform for stakeholders to reflect on achievements, challenges, and future strategies in the ongoing battle against critical health issues. This in turn, reaffirms the commitment to drive positive change and ensure the well-being of the community.