PRRINN-MNCH Flags off Training/Capacity Building for Health Stakeholders from 60 communities on CBSD in Zamfara State.
Apart of efforts towards addressing maternal and child mortality through the training of health stakeholders on community based service delivery (CBSD), the Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria-Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PRRINN-MNCH) Initiative in Zamfara state this Monday July 2013 flagged off “Training/Capacity Building for health stakeholders” drawn from sixty (60) communities across the fourteen (14) local government areas of zamfara state.
PRRINN-MNCH Senior Program officer/Acting State Team Manager, Dr. Sani Dahiru Abubakar during the flag off disclosed that with only two years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) more needs to be done in reducing maternal and child mortality. Dr. Abubakar expressed concern on the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals which are to reduce child mortality (the under-five mortality rate) by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, and improve maternal health by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015.
Dr Abubakar posited that one of the key strategies envisaged for achieving these goals by PRRINN-MNCH in Zamfara state is through this training/capacity building for health stakeholders in the sixty communities in the state with particular emphasis on the provision of training and retraining for health practitioners and skilled birth attendant at every delivery – in fact, this is one of the indicators to measure global progress towards reducing maternal mortality. He stressed that health issues revolving around women and children require special attention from all and sundry while calling on the state government to intensify effort towards provision of accessible health care facilities at the local level while maintaining that Safe motherhood, maternal and child mortality have been on the global health agenda for some time with women and children under the age of five dying in large numbers every day due to avoidable health related issues and sometimes death of women resulting from pregnancy and child birth.
In her presentation at the training, the Project Coordinator Zamfara state Dr. Halimah Nuhu Sanda stated that the aim of the Community-based service delivery (CBSD) is “to provide door step services to the communities in a bid to reduce maternal and child mortality” which she says is an integral part of the global effort on women’s and children’s health.
Dr. Sanda while lamenting on the rates of maternal, newborn and child mortality in Northern Nigeria as being amongst the highest in the world said that with the intervention strategy of PRRINN-MNCH in zamfara state involving major stakeholders, the intervention has recorded a tremendous progress with drastic reduction in the rate of maternal and child mortality, though she said more needed to be done. During the technical session, Dr. Sanda emphasized on the need for communities to patronize and utilize the community-based service delivery (CBSD), she also reminded participants on the expectations which she enumerated as (1) patronage and utilization of CBSD services by the communities; (2) revolving of drugs by the communities; (3) absorbing the program after rounding up of PRRINN-MNCH by Zamfara state amongst others
Some participants at the training/capacity building stated that the training will go a long way in re-echoing good care for maternity emergencies with fewer maternal deaths, making more women to receive antenatal care with more deliveries by skilled birth attendants, with children having access to routine immunization against the six child killer diseases. In appreciative of PRRINN-MNCH in Zamfara state, a civil society activist (an observer) at the event who wouldn’t want his name disclosed summed the importance of the training and its benefits as “When it comes to ‘saving the world’, or a part of it, street by street, Neighborhood by neighborhood, community by community, women and children are the catalysts through whom the critical mass or social change will be achieved therefore do not play lip service to their health and wellbeing”.
Yusuf Yahaya is a Freelance Journalist at www.nigerianewsline.com (both UK based Online News websites), email: email@example.com, Gsm: +234 08052515285