Nigeria’s population continues to increase rapidly with no commensurate development in health care service delivery. With a current estimated population of 186 million and an annual growth rate of about 2.5%, Nigeria’s huge population, fuelled by high birth rate without good family planning, can be a huge burden with resultant poor health indices such as high maternal and infant deaths. Nigeria’s maternal and child deaths is one of the highest in the world.
Development Communications Network, DEVCOMS, and MacArthur Foundation have charged the media to increase the awareness and education of the public on the state of maternal deaths in the country by organizing a sensitization briefing between journalist and civil societies organization, CSOs recently.
Development Communications Network, DEVCOMS, in collaboration with Nigerian Urban Rural Health Initiative, NURHI, organized a 2-day training for social media influencers/bloggers on Family Planning Projection in Nigeria.
Held in Lagos, Ibadan and Kaduna, the focus of the training was designed to increase the awareness and need to adopt family planning methods in the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths recorded in the country.
The 10th quarterly CS-Media Forum organized by Development Communications Network, DEVCOMS, and MacArthur Foundation was designed to bring together the health writers, reporters and Civil Societies Organizations to address the effect of Recession on maternal health in Nigeria.
Women and children in rural areas are not the only ones disproportionately affected by poor quality of maternal and child health care delivery. Those in communities few kilometers away from the city are faced with health threats also due to the absence of health facilities.
This was the case with Kakura community located in Kujama ward of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. NOTAGAIN Campaign media team visited this community and found very disturbing revelation with respect to accessing health care.
Development Communications Network, DEVCOMS, and Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, NURHI recently organized a two-day training for journalists and On-Air Personalities to effectively report family planning stories in Lagos, Ibadan and Kaduna.
Bringing together the media personalities, the focus of the training were drawn from the strategic cities where the need for the reduction of maternal mortality and child mortality have become top priority.
Agwan Gwuragwu in Karomajiji is a secluded community for people living with disabilities. The community is located along the airport road by the National Military Cemetry which is after the national stadium in Abuja. One of the major challenges for the inhabitants of Agwan Gwuragu is the absence of a health centre.
When NOTAGAIN Campaign Media team visited Igbologun, an island community in Amuwo Odofin Local Governmenr Area of Lagos State, we witnessed the helpless situation experienced by pregnant women and children in the community with respect to health care. Located close to the traditional ruler’s quarters is a Maternity Centre which appeared to be deserted as there were no patients in the facility at the time of visit.
In recognition of the power of the media to project issues in ways that stimulate public discourse and draw the attention of policy and decision makers to issues of importance, Development Communications (DevComs) Network paid visits to Lagos State based media houses to solicit support for increased projection of Reproductive, Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) issues on their platforms.