Child Spacing: media team develops work plan to reduce maternal death

Asma'u Halilu

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The Child Spacing Media Team develops a short term work plan that is aimed at ensuring reduction of maternal and child mortality to its barest minimum in Kaduna State and by extension Nigeria.

The work plan, which is expected to cover two months, was developed at a meeting by members who were inaugurated last month in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

During the meeting, a Communication Consultant, Iliya Kure, who guided the deliberation, told the forum that it was important to develop a work plan that would see the group attract more funds for consumables for child spacing, as well as create awareness for demand generation.

Kure explained that, “an NGO, the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiatives (NURHI) would go through the work plan, through its consultancy outfit, Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS) and forward an approved version to the forum for implementation”.

In her closing remarks, Chairperson of the forum, Jacquline Adebija assured of the forum’s commitment at advocating for the reduction of maternal and child mortality rate, while charging members to rededicate themselves to the cause.

“I assure NURHI and DEVCOMS of the forum’s readiness in being at the fore front of child spacing advocacy, especially in view of the health and economic benefits it would contribute to the society.

The draft work plan developed, is expected to cover the forum’s activities for the months of April and May, 2018, and it includes paying advocacy visits to key policy makers in Kaduna State.

Other activities expected to take place include writing of news and features items, live and recorded programmes as well as vox pops.

The forum is also expected to visit key Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Kaduna State to advocate for better funding for child spacing services and consumables in the state.

The forum comprises of seasoned Kaduna based journalists from the broadcast, print and online media who unanimously agreed to hold the next meeting on Friday, 27th of April, 2018.