By Nnedinma C Okeke
Awka, June 16, 2021 (MOI) Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu has commended `The Challenge Initiative (TCI)’ partners on the Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) Technical Working Group (TWG) which they put together in the state.
Dr Ezenyimulu made the commendation during a courtesy visit from the Anambra State Civil Society Network (ACSONET) and TCI at the ASPHCDA office complex, Awka.
The Anambra State SBCC TWG was inaugurated in March 2021 with the mandate of coordinating SBCC and demand generation activities across health programmes in the state which include but are not limited to alignment of SBCC messages, activities, stakeholders or interest groups.
The Vision, Mission and Terms of reference of the Anambra SBCC TWG includes; its Vision- to effectively coordinate all SBCC activities leading to improved health and well-being of people in Anambra state.
Its Mission to improve the quality of health of Anambra people by coordinating all SBCC activities in the state using integrated social mobilisation approach.
The SBCC terms of reference are; Coordination, Capacity building, Partnerships, Knowledge Management (KM), Monitoring and Evaluation.
The ES noted that the SBCC TWG had been a useful strategy especially in demand generation for family planning commodities in Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state.
“This is something we have to sustain and learn from their achievements as they have put together a lot of things that we have to imbibe in our communications with Officers-In-Charge (OICs) of health facilities.
Dr Ezenyimulu said, this was with the aim of sustaining the tempo already established with the TCI.
While appreciating the TCI team saying it had been rewarding having them partner with the state, the ES expressed hope that they would have an extension in Anambra.
The Head, Community Health Services, ASPHCDA, Dr Frank Umeh while commending the TCI partners on their professionalism with which they carried out their jobs, said that their impact was felt in the state.
The TCI state coordinator, Mr Aneotah Egbe explained that the SBCC was not just for family planning or reproductive health, but for every health intervention.
“Within the gamut of SBCC, there is advocacy, social mobilisation, community mobilisation and citizen engagement.
“The SBCC TWG is a team put together to support demand generation and health promotion for every health intervention be it reproductive health, nutrition, maternal and child health.
“We hope that this will be sustained so that there will be a one stop shop for health intervention in the state,” he said.
Mr Egbe, then, expressed gratitude to the state for all their support from inception up until now.
Chairman, ACSONET, Prince Chris Azor thanked the TCI team for their support to the state; its activities in the Civil Society and the Agency.
He said the essence of their visit was to seek support of the Agency in sustaining the good works of TCI in the state.
“We hope that TCI will extend their stay in Anambra, but just in case they exit, there is a need for us to continue with what they have already established in the state,’’ Mr Azor said. One of the highlights of the event was the handing over to ASPHCDA some copies of sign language directory from the team. (MOI)