NGO trains media, health educators on family planning services in Bauchi

By Ahmed Ahmed

A non-governmental organisation, The Challenge Initiative (TCI), has trained media practitioners, health educators and Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH) officers of local government areas on implementation of family planning services.
The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development (SPHCDA) Deputy Health Educator, Alhaji Ribadu Jibrin, stated this at the official opening of the training at the Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi.
He said that the purpose of the training was to share effective strategies in the area of implementation of Family planning services in the state.
He disclosed that the state government in collaboration with TCI were implementing high impact family planning that would improve maternal health.

Jibrin explained that the NGO formed a Social Behaviour and Communication Committee (SBCC) positioned to scale up the positive changes in reproductive health delivery in the state.
"To also help state implement FP models for improved maternal health," he said.
He explained that the SBCC committee was working to accelerate and scale up family planning services in the state, adding that the committee members include Media practitioners, youth group, health educators and MNCH officers of LGAs.
Mr. Olumide Adefioye, SBCC officer with the Challenge Initiative Abuja, said that the increasing use of portable, digital-based community media tools for SBCC has the potential to expand reach, standardize health information.
"That will also provide platforms to encourage feedback, dialogue, and interaction around content delivery and modification," he said.

Adefioye explained Ideation and socio- Ecological framework theories to be used in effective and successful strategies for SBCC interventions in communities and institutions.
Also, the Programme officer, Operations TCI, Abuja, Mrs Kaseina Dashe, stressed that SBCC programming in all corners was representing a huge opportunity for reaching individuals and families via community media.
"That will encourage and increase demand for positive health outcome and by creating improved voluntary demand for health conditions and services.

"Through the caregivers and health care providers in the state," she said.

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