WOMEN AND CHILD HEALTH

 

 

Introduction

The advocacy component of the health sector of DIFAW will include building relationships with diverse stakeholders; contribute to improving an enabling environment for the implementation of basic public health programmes and awareness creation of such health issues on HIV/Aids, Cancer and other reproductive health issues. We engage in rural awareness and educational campaign, highlighting Health issues of concern and importance to family Health. Identifying solutions compatible and sourcing and sharing resources. DIFAW identifies, engages and trains women to become more proactive in taking care of their personal hygiene and their surroundings, to ensure a clean safe environment to avoid epidemic. 

 

 DIFAW HEALTH GOAL:

The overall goal is through the DIFAW’s activities  improve an enabling environment for an equity and quality health status of  the poor and less privileged groups particularly women, children and the aged in Nigeria.

 

KEY AREAS OF INTERVENTION

Child-Spacing/: Promotion of Child Spacing for the welfare of the mother and child will be the key of objective. This will include training of rural women to improve the quality of reproductive health products and increase the access to such products and services.  DIFAW will collaborate with other partners to increase the use of improve the understanding of, access   to, and the correct use of contraceptives to reduce unintended pregnancies.

Malaria/Cholera/Diarrhea: DIFAW will play key role in reducing maternal mortality through access and compliance of basic environmental sanitation policy, safe water programme, personal hygiene and use of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) to stem down the effects of malaria /diarrhea in the rural areas. DIFAW will partner will government, agencies and implementing partners in all activities to support the Federal Government towards achieving the  Global Roll Back Malaria Programme

 

Harmful Traditional Practices/ Women’s Health: In Africa and other parts of the world harmful traditional practices identified to be inimical to women’s health include early marriages, with its resultant effect as VVF, Female Genital Mutilation. As noted, these practices still exist in the rural areas and women being their agents. 

 

National Programme on Immunization: DIFAW will support the National Programme on Immunisation in order to achieving the national coverage for the benefits of the growing population.

 

HIV/Aids Programme: DIFAW will engage in activities towards reducing the further spread through mother to child transmission, mitigating the impact of HIV/Aids and stigmatization and discrimination. It will engage skill health workers for education, counseling and advocate for testing in the rural communities. The focus will be on Women of child bearing and  young persons.

KEY STRAGETIES

Establish partnership and relationship with other NGOs on Health Issues.

Collaboration with stakeholders to support programmes implementation.

Conduct  Advocacy visits  to opinion/traditional leaders, women groups, religious leaders

Plan meeting with  stakeholders and programme implementation

Engagement & collaboration with policy makers at all levels

Campaign for policy Implementation on health Issues

Facilitate research to gather relevant  information and data to for a baseline

Awareness creation through lecture and distribution of relevant documents.

Build capacity of target groups on the use of health products e.g. child-Spacing. 

Encourage women to go for screening and testing 

Developing strong community relationships between the people and community health workers

 

RECORDED ACHIEVEMENTS 

 

1.DIFAW has carried out health advocacy on HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Maternal and Child health and family planning, in states like Imo, Abia, Rivers, Kaduna and the FCT.  

2.We engaged the religious and traditional institutions in the various states 

3.Distribution of IEC materials in various Nigerian Languages.

4.Radio and television programmes. 

 

 

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