By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
In view of its mandate of ensuring that maternal and child mortality is reduced to its barest minimum in Kaduna State and by extension Nigeria, the Child Spacing Media Forum has developed a short term work plan.
The work plan which covers two months, was developed at a well attended meeting, held at the I Care Women and Youth Initiative premises on Friday.
Communications Consultant, Iliya Kure, who guided the deliberation, told the forum that it was important to develop a work plan that would see the group attract more funds for consumables for child spacing, as well as create awareness for demand generation.
He explained that the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiatives (NURHI) would go through the work plan, through its consultancy outfit, Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS) and forward an approved version to the forum for implementation.
In her closing remarks, Chairperson of the forum, Jacquline Adebija assured of the forum’s commitment at reducing maternal and child mortality rate, while charging members to rededicate themselves to the cause.
She assured NURHI and DEVCOMS of the forum’s readiness in being at the fore front of the child spacing advocacy, in view of the health and economic benefits it would contribute to the society.
The draft work plan developed, is expected to cover the forum’s activities for the months of April and May, 2018.
Part of the activities include paying advocacy visits to key policy makers in Kaduna State.
Other activities expected to take place include writing of news and features items, live and recorded programmes as well as vox pops.
The forum is also expected to visit key ministries, departments and agencies in Kaduna State to advocate for better funding for child spacing services and consumables in the state.
The next meeting was unanimously agreed to take place on Friday, 27th of April, 2018.
The forum comprises of seasoned Kaduna based journalists from the broadcast, print and online media.