By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), on Monday gathered it’s Community Mobilisers across Kaduna State, as a mark on honour to celebrate them for the successes they have recorded over the years in mobilising communities to access Family Planning services.
Speaking at “NURHI 2 GET IT TOGETHER Sharing the vision” meeting in Laguna, Babafunke Fagbemi, Executive Director, Centre for Communication Program, Nigeria, a core partner on NURHI 2 project, told journalists that there has been tremendous increase in numbers of people accessing child birth spacing, as a result of the efforts by the mobilisers.
According to her, “we are here to honour the over 300 community mobilisers who have been working on this project for the past years, taking the gospel of Child Spacing to families and communities and giving them the correct information on the benefits of using Child spacing services.
“The Omnibus Survey has shown that there is a tremendous increase in the numbers of people that are going to the facilities to access Child Birth Spacing methods and it can be directly linked to the work of these wonderful men and women are doing in their communities.”
Fagbemi, added, “Kaduna is unique state and because it is also located in a unique region in Nigeria where there are usually dynamics and complexities that you to overcome.
“But these mobilisers have been able to break a number of barriers that could have served as obstacles to the work they are doing through advocacy.
“However, I must let you know that NURHI2 will be more involving and you have to do those things you have been doing before to maintain the standard in the campaign of child-spacing.”
One of the mobilizers, Abdulrahaman Ibrahim from Igabi Local Government Area, said he was able to convinced people on child-spacing by appealing to the norms and beliefs and letting people see that giving bath to children anyhow puts the lives of the mother and baby at risk. But spacing a child gives the mother enough resting period to prepare for the next birth.
Ibrahim added that in his Igabi LGA, couples visit medical facilities to get information on child-spacing because even the present economic situation in the country does not allow giving birth at random.
Similarly, Tina James from Jama’a Local Government Area, thanked NURHI 1 project for giving her the opportunity to serve as a mobilizer in her local government and promised to do more in the NURHI2 Project coming up.
The mobilizers were presented with gifts such as bags, rechargeable lamps and other equipment to aid their jobs in the rural areas.