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UNICEF engages women groups on essential family practices



UNICEF in its bid at ensuring behavioural and attitudinal change among women in various communities in Anambra State, especially on Essential Family Practices recently collaborated with the National Orientation Agency, NOA, to bring about a new narrative in the effort at eradicating those conditions that give rise to disease and death.
UNICEF is aware that as long as poor sanitary installations, wide-spread ignorance, unsafe water, malnutrition, lack of proper sanitation, inadequate immunisation process, lack of ante-natal care are prevalent, they constitute the greatest threat towards achieving good health for all.
UNICEF, to be able to eradicate those conditions that bring about disease and death, fashioned out a programme to reach the grassroots and educate people on essential family practices. They did it successfully in 2017 and hoped to continue in 2018 and beyond.
To ensure the success of the programme, UNICEF employed the use of the National Orientation Agency Staff called Community Mobilisers (COMOS), at the 21 local government areas of Anambra State. And they chose the Women August meeting platform to address the women who are the engine-room of the various families.
The COMOS in their Pre-visit activity before the August meeting, interacted with different women leaders in their various communities to ascertain and book the date, time and venue of activity during the August meeting.
The bookings were mainly for the Women General Assembly in the various churches – the Catholic, Anglican and Pentecostal Churches, as well as town union and village meetings.
The 21 NOA Community Mobilizers visited all the venues for the meetings in the selected 10 communities in each of the 21 local government areas and sensitised the women on critical issues. Such issues included Ante-natal care attendance for pregnant women, immunisation issues, effective hand-washing practices, breast feeding, use of treated mosquito nets, stoppage of open defecation, as well as mother-to-child transmission of HIV, personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness.
UNICEF was able to cash in and make use of the Women August Meeting platform for these activities because of the large number of women (both home and abroad) usually in attendance at such meetings in each community.
Speaking earlier at the Pre-visit briefing for COMOS held at the state NOA office, Awka, shortly before the women August meeting, the UNICEF-SOMTEC project Desk Officer in the state Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Mrs. Chineze George-Ileka, enjoined the NOA COMOS to ensure they delivered accurate reports from the communities in order to justify the confidence reposed in them by UNICEF.
She advised the COMOS to take pride in the assignment, noting that it would be an evergreen testimonial that those obnoxious and unacceptable practices were eradicated in their own time.
  Mrs. Ileka urged them to endeavour to leave their footprints on the sands of time as any human life saved would be pleasing to God Almighty.
In his own contribution, the Anambra State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Charles Nworji, charged the NOA staff in the various local government areas to deliver by doing a credible job during the sensitisation exercise.
Nworji reminded them that reward for hardwork is more work; stating that the effective sensitisation of women from the various communities at the 2018 Women August meeting would enable UNICEF trust them with similar and more rewarding activities in the future.
In their response, the leaders of the various women groups promised to carry the message to their various homes, churches, communities and village meetings. They also promised to continue with the sensitisation exercise during the Christmas Town Hall meetings.
The Women leaders, while promising that the efforts of UNICEF shall not be in vain, appealed to UNICEF to extend their magnanimity to other communities not visited, as well as organizing similar programme for the men folk.
The COMOS were supervised during the meetings by a team led by Mrs. Chineze George-Ileka, UNICEF-SOMTEC Project Officer, Mrs. Maureen Ezenwaka, NOA Programme Officer and Mrs. Scholarstica Okoli, State Health Educator, from the State Ministry of Health.

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