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New Incentives – Celebrates Milestone of Over ₦7 Billion in Cash Incentives to Caregivers in Northern Nigeria

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By Abdullahi Faruk Birnin Kebbi

 

New Incentives – All Babies Are Equal (NI-ABAE), a leading non-profit organization, has provided cash incentives totaling more than ₦7 billion to over two million caregivers in the Northeast and Northwest regions of Nigeria. This initiative, which began in 2017, aims to increase childhood vaccination rates in the country.

During the Joint States Stakeholders Meeting held in Kano, Mubarak Muhammad Bawa, the Operations Coordinator of NI-ABAE, emphasized the success of the program. “The program provides cash incentives to caregivers in northern Nigeria to increase childhood vaccination rates,” said Bawa.

“When caregivers bring their infant in for routine immunizations, they are provided with a small cash incentive and information about the importance of vaccinations for the overall health of their children.”

The program operates in government clinics in partnership with state and local governments, as well as immunization partners. To date, the program has achieved remarkable results, with more than two million enrollments from 163 Local Government Areas covering 48,795 settlements and 5,240 clinics across the targeted states.

Mubarak further stated that NI-ABAE is committed to expanding this successful intervention to other states across the federation, ensuring an improved rate of vaccination throughout the country.

Abubakar Aliyu Danmafara, the Director of Health Planning, Research and Statistics at Sokoto State Ministry of Health, expressed satisfaction with how the program is enhancing immunization in Sokoto. “Before the launch of the All Babies Program in Sokoto, there were challenges regarding the turnout of caregivers for immunization, especially for children under two,” said Danmafara.

“However, since the implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) by NI-ABAE, the vaccine uptake has significantly increased. The mindset of our communities is also shifting positively, and our service providers, once reluctant due to low attendance, are now more motivated.”

Prominent officials present at the event, including permanent secretaries and commissioners from the Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Gombe, and Bauchi states, also commended the positive impact of the program during interviews with journalists. They expressed their gratitude to NI-ABAE for their valuable intervention.

To commemorate the milestone of reaching over two million infant enrollments in the targeted states, stakeholders at the event participated in a cake-cutting ceremony.

NI-ABAE remains dedicated to its mission of improving childhood vaccination rates through its partnership with states and will continue its efforts to ensure a healthier future for all Nigerian children.

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