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Ceremony Celebrates Handover of National Standards, Honors CEO
The National Standards for Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Children in Nigeria, developed by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD) and implementing partners in Nigeria and with technical assistance from USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, were officially handed over in a ceremony August 27. FMWASD's Permanent Secretary Dr. Habiba Mudu Lawal and Director of Child Development Mrs. Rabi Galadima were joined by representatives from USAID, including Susan Coleman, Director of HIV and AIDS; Division Leader for Community Programs Joanna Nwosu; OVC team leader Doreen Magajid; and Pamela Gado, the Agreement Officer's Technical Representative.
The standards identify seven core areas that must be included in the comprehensive care and support of vulnerable children: health, food security and nutrition, education, legal protection, psychosocial support, shelter and care, and household economic strengthening. The standards provide a uniform, evidence-based and results-oriented approach for service providers in Nigeria to ensure that all children reach their full developmental potential through the provision of quality care and support services. The standards define the desired outcomes of services in the core areas and recommend indicators for measuring outcomes. They also provide a basis for training and supervising service providers.
The Ministry honored the late Mr. Melvyn Estrin, URC's former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, who passed away at the beginning of July, by dedicating the standards in his memory. Dr. Diana Chamrad, URC Senior Improvement Advisor, accepted the honor on behalf of Mr. Estrin's widow, Mrs. Suellen Estrin, now URC's Chairman and CEO. "Melvyn was particularly committed to the URC and CHS programs for children in Africa," said Mrs. Estrin in a letter read at the ceremony. "It is a tribute to his legacy that the children of Nigeria will benefit from the work he started."
During the ceremony, representatives from four states in Nigeria presented results from the pilot program, sharing evidence of improvements made in communities that had piloted the standards. The standards, three case studies and numerous tools for use at the community level were strongly endorsed by the Ministry. International and local implementing partners will be rolling out the standards and accompanying quality improvement tools and practices throughout the country.
For more information, please select from the following resource materials:
- Nigeria Community Booklet and Community Job Aid
- Applying a standards-based improvement approach to vulnerable children programming in Nigeria: Jane and Yaro's stories
September 19, 2014