Knowledge and awareness of available family planning methods as well as their benefits has been described as critical for facilitating success in voluntary choice-based family planning.
This was contained in statement delivered by the Executive secretary of Primary health care development board represented by the program manager Plateau State Emergency Routine Immunization Coordination Center Pharmacist Fabia Agwomat a 2-day capacity building workshop on Social and Behavioral change communication (SBCC) organized for stakeholders in Plateau state byThe Challenge initiative(TCI)on the 24th -25th September 2018 in Jos, the Plateau State capital. Pharmacist Agwom reiterated the need to constantly leverage on all opportunities and Platforms and integrate activities especially FP and immunization for an improve outcome of maternal and child health.
The event which attracted over 58 participants from the 17 LGA in Plateau state provided a platform for strengthening the capacity of stakeholders on the core SBCC components required to boost family planning uptake in the state. Key stakeholders who attended the event include Health educators, reproductive health coordinators, director of public health, save one million lives manager, media practitioners, religious persons, stakeholders from ministry of health, primary health care board, youth representative, partners and The Challenge Initiative (TCI) staff
Speaking at the event, the Director of Public health in the Plateau state Ministry of Health,Mrs. Esther Davidcommended the TCI for the bold initiative and commitment at ensuring that families live better lives through improved access to modern contraceptives and FP services, describing the TCI’s business unusual model as effective in scale up of high impact activities in the Plateau State
“This training is very important for us as a people and a State, because we need our families to Stay healthyfor us and to be empowered to follow their dreams and only Family planning can make this possible.I therefore commend TCI for putting together this training and their continued support in strengthening structures for demand generation in the State” Esther David, Director Public Health.
The SBCC officer for The Challenge Initiative (TCI), Mr Olumide Adetola on his part described negative myths and misconceptions about family planning as major barriers to modern contraceptive use hence the need for community level discussions and trainings such as the SBCC training which is designed to engage communities indispelling common myths and misconception to increase modern contraceptive uptake in Nigeria.
In a similar remark, the Plateau State technical lead, Demand generation for TCI, MsEje Chimzaram Chukwumacommended the Plateau State Government for the show of support for TCI ongoing programs in the state and enjoined the participants to use knowledge gained and new platform created through the SBCC committee to enhance provision of life saving reproductive health and family planning information and services to individuals, families and communities in the State
Highlight of the event was the development of a Local Government Authority (LGA) specific workplanwith emphasis on leveraging on existing indigenous events to accelerating demand of FP services in the state and formal inauguration of an SBCC Committee by the representative of the Executive secretary of the Plateau State Primary Health Care Board, Mr. Fabian Agwom
The SBCC committee which is the first of its kind in the State, is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating family planning behavioral change and demand generation activities aimed at driving the uptake of family planning products and services in Plateau state
About the Challenge Initiative
The Challenge Initiative (TCI) is a global initiative is designed to accelerate demand-driven participation and spark up a national Family Planning Movement in Nigeria. Currently been implemented across 10 states in Nigeria, the Initiative is designed to take the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) proof of concept to more cities and geographies, using a new streamlined, agile, sustainability and highly leveraged approach to the rapid scale up of proven model with states expressing interest in becoming part of the high impact interventions.