Four Cities in Benin and Niger Celebrate Graduating from TCI’s Direct Support
Three cities in Benin – Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou and UCOZ – and one in Niger – Niamey – celebrated their graduation in June 2022 from The Challenge Initiative’s (TCI’s) direct support due to their achievements to date. During graduation ceremonies in all four cities, both the municipality and health system stakeholders highlighted TCI’s success in bringing these often-siloed stakeholders together, then strengthening their capacity to implement TCI’s high-impact family planning and adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) interventions.
City mayors presided over the ceremonies, which offered another opportunity for TCI to recognize the efforts made by the three Benin cities and the city of Niamey. In five years of collaboration with UCOZ, four years with Abomey-Calavi, two and a half years with Cotonou and four years with Niamey, these cities significantly improved access to family planning services for the urban poor.
Now that direct support from TCI has ended, all four mayors recommitted themselves to continuing their efforts to mobilize local resources to ensure the sustainability of the high-impact interventions by maintaining funding for family planning and AYSRH programming in municipal budgets going forward. They also committed to regular monitoring and follow-up to ensure the disbursement of these resources. Each city has now established advocacy and monitoring groups to support this mission.
Each ceremony concluded with the mayors being awarded graduation banners while the Departmental Health Directorates and Health Zones received certificates. All four graduated cities Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, UCOZ and Niamey now join TCI “alumni” cities and will benefit from on-demand coaching as requested.
View photos from the ceremonies below:
Deputy Mayor of Abomey-Calavi receiving graduation banner from.
“We at the Municipality, the health system as well as the community must work hand in hand in sustaining what we have been able to accomplish with the seamless support from TCI. FP questions should no longer be a taboo for us to fail in delivering the best services to our women and youths.”
The Mayor of Cotonou receiving graduation banner from TCI.
“Looking at the results we have achieved today with the financial and technical support from TCI and the local contribution of the commune of Cotonou, we can rejoice without necessarily being totally satisfied. There is still work to be done to maintain the achievements of implementing the TCI model, which has been so valuable to us in the commune of Cotonou”
Luc Sétondji | Mayor of the city of Cotonou
Health system stakeholders representing all five health zones in the city of Cotonou were also celebrated for their work and collaboration by the mayor.
The Mayor of UCOZ receiving graduation banner from TCI.
Advocacy and Monitoring core group being officially recognized by the President of the Union of Municipalities of Zou – UCOZ – during the graduation ceremony.
“We not only must maintain gains achieved through implementing FP HIPs but stay on course without faltering on needed financial resources.”
President | Union of Municipalities of Zou – UCOZ
Mayor and the head of the health directorate from the city of Niamey receiving a graduation banner from TCI.
The Mayor recognizing the Advocacy and Monitoring group members who are also identified as the city’s family planning champions.