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query_builder July 19, 2019 09:38:54


By Judith Oraeki-Anigbogu : 

Ogidi (Idemili North LGA), July 18, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government says it will partner The Challenge Initiative (TCI) to drive traffic toward Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC).

TCI, a non-governmental organisation with objective of improving urban health, have their hubs in India, Francophone and East Africa countries.

The initiative took after the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) as a project supporting the state government in promoting Family Planning/Child Birth Spacing (CBS).

Earlier, Head of Department (HOD) Health/Director Primary Healthcare Idemili North LGA, Mr Anthony Onyaka said the 3-day exercise was aimed at training community mobilisers from each ward in the area.

``Ward Development Health Chairmen (WDC) helps in mobilising people on family planning and accesses the services of various wards in the local government on all the methods including Natural family planning.

``These are different forms of implants, male and female condoms and natural birth control.’’

Onyaka emphasised that the programme was beneficial to state and communities.

He noted that when women were mobilised, they would access the services of TCI and be educated on the advantages and disadvantages of those methods.

Mrs Onyekachi Ewe, TCI Demand Generation Technical Support Lead, said that their mission was to offer technical support to government in family planning.

Mrs Ewe said that they were provided capacity training in order to work hand in hand with the state government to implement high impact intervention in the state.

``TCI works through service delivery, training community mobilisers, provide facilities, creating demand as well as driving traffic on CBS.

``The initiative also uses door to door approach through community structures in increasing demand so that they will be referring people to the trained health providers,’’ she said.

She stressed that TCI provided grassroots technical information and detailed counseling to men and women of child bearing age on LARC, and assisting them to choose the best method.

There were classroom tests for the 30 community mobilisers from Idemili North and Awka South LGAs. (MOI)