Filed under: health, news, Orphan and Vulnerable Children | Tags: C4D, Communication for Development, Female Genital mutilation, UNFP, UNICEF Nigeria
Female genital mutilation, an harmful practice with health implication still remains a major problem in Nigeria.
According to Unicef about twenty million women and girls have been subjected to the experience and a recent survey also by Unicef in Nigeria indicates that the practice is prevalent in five states including Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo, Osun and Oyo.
To address this problem, UNICEF and UNFPA organized a two -week Training the Trainer for stakeholders drawn from the five states with a view to exploring an evidence based process on Communication for Development to promote behavioral change.
Radio Nigeria Correspondent, who is among the participants in Calabar, Cross River state reports that the workshop was aimed at accelerating the total abandonment of FGMC practice in the next 20 years
Addressing the participants, the UNICEF Chief Child Protection in Nigeria, Rachael Harvey pointed out that Nigeria ranked 3rd in the world and still has the highest absolute number of women and girls who have undergone the practice.
An estimated 19.9 million Nigerian women have undergone FGM/C meaning that approximately 16% of the 125 million FGM/C survivors worldwide are Nigerians (NPopC 2014)
More than 65% of the women who have undergone FGM/C were cut before age 5 (MICS 2011)
The overall prevalence of FGM/C among girls and women aged 15-49 years in Nigeria (27%) is lower than in many countries
Prevalence of FGM/C has decreased by 9% between 2008 and 2011
However, due to its large population, Nigeria has the third highest absolute number of women and girls (19.9 million) who have undergone FGM/C worldwide (after Egypt and Ethiopia)
Represented by a UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, Maryam Enyiazu, Ms Harvey said the training would adopt a new proven model in behavioral change to address the issue.
In a submission, the UNICEF Communication for Development Chief in Nigeria, Mr. Arthur Tweneboa-kodua corroborated that strategy of Communication for Development being a new proven theory will be adopted, as it provided an added value to programme intervention.
An evidence-based process to promote measurable behaviour and social change to accelerate programme results
C4D uses proven change theories and findings from formative research, C4D provides “leverage” and “added value” to programme interventions
Damilola Olofinjana from Osun and Istifanus John from Ebonyi states expressed their confidence in the new methodology in addressing the problem of Female Genital cutting
Contributing, a participant from Imo state,Kingsley Oguamana who spoke on the role of the media which was a strategic component of the training, stressed that there was the need to effectively carried media along at every stage of programme development for a far reaching outcome.
The Second part of the two week training which end this week will also involve over thirty community leaders from Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo, Osun and Oyo states.
Osun state may forfeit the support of International Donors on HIV Prevention especially on the areas of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV-Aids
This is as a result of failures on the part of the people to make use of structures and facilities put in place thus leading to expiration and mopping up of retro viral prophylaxis drugs
This report examines the significant of Early Infant Diagnosis against the background of report that the state still had about 10,000 cases of dry blood spot sampling not reported out of fourteen thousand expected by December this year
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV is one of the National Policies on Prevention of HIV hence the strategic approach of early infant diagnosis.
To achieve this goal programmes that focused on pregnant women were developed with the engagement of cluster groups of Service providers including health workers and community based organizations
Also selected Primary Health Centers were strengthened to offer services for the community.
Speaking on the challenge on this prevention strategies and implications of available result, A community Mobilization Officer, of one the non- governmental organizations working in Osun state, Hygiea foundation, Mr George Olorunnisomo noted that a situation where funders made adequate provisions for resources and such not made use of by the people might lead to forfeiture of such privilege.
He described as disturbing; a situation when only two out of twenty exposed women to HIV returned to clinics for Dried Blood Spot Sampling after birth
Mr. Olorunisomo urged all stakeholders to break barriers and scale up outreaches to safeguard the interest of the unborn child.In a separate Interview, the Executive Secretary Osun state Agency for the Control of Aids, OSACA, Dr Monsuir Bello acknowledged the significant of Early Infant Diagnosis saying it was one of the component to measure the success of Prevention of Mother to child Transmission of HIV
He added that the agency would partner with the Media to raise level of awareness in the state.
In a submission, the Chief Executive Officer of a non- governmental organization, Living Hope Care, Ilesa, Osun state, Ms Ibiyemi Fakande noted that existing programmes should be reviewed as the present experienced indicated that more result was being obtained during outreaches rather than people visiting the health facilities provided for referrals.
She called for the need to bridge the observed gaps for the actualization of the set goals.
Filed under: health
Special Report Achieving High Impact in Tuberculosis Control in Nigeria
Experts are however of the opinion that with early detection and proper treatment most people with Tuberculosis will fully recover and millions of life saved
This special report examines the impact in the fight against Tuberculosis
With over two hundred new cases of Tuberculosis recorded in Nigeria ,as indicated by World Health Organization , it remains one of the countries with high burden of Tuberculosis, ranking 10th positions among 22 of such nations.
Through the combined activities of stakeholders working at the grassroots, coordination of the ministry of health and National TB leprosy control programme, the nation was able to detect and notify over 90 thousand TB patients.
Stakeholders, however, argued that if the battle against TB must be won, involvement of the community, participation and empowerment of volunteers at the grassroots must be given due consideration.
Dr Gidado Mustapha is the country representative KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation CARE 1 project in Nigeria; he speaks on the need to improve general health system, trace, detect TB patients in the community, and create awareness on signs and symptoms of TB for potential patient to know the service points
Another stakeholder on Tuberculosis Management , Dr Omoniyi Fadare of the World Health Organization, WHO , TB Care project in Nigeria, pointed out the need for those working on TB control to be innovative and involved all service providers in detection and referrals of cases of TB to service treatment centers
The TB Network Coordinator in Osun state Ms Ibiyemi Fakande and the team lead for HYGIEA foundation which consult on the implementation of the global fund project for Aids Tuberculosis and Malaria in Osun state Dr Francis Anyaji maintained that goal setting, team work and integrations of TB awareness activities into other programmes would provide a leverage for more results
Corroborating the submission of other respondents, the Executive Director PLAN Health Advocacy and Development Foundation, Ibadan Oyo State Mr. Obatunde Oladapo maintained that people in the community are best positioned to detect, referred and support TB patients, hence they must be empower with basic information that would make them effective.
Mr. Oladapo added these procedures would help the nation achieve the goal to halve TB prevalence and death by 2015
Filed under: health, news | Tags: 2013 Biomedical HIV prevention forum, Abuja, HIV, HIV Vaccine, Nigera
The Federal Government says it has concluded arrangement to commence the implementation and trial of HIV vaccine plan.
The Process to be supervised by National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, would ensure that all vaccines trials in the country are in accordance with Universal standard
The Minister of Health Professor Onyebuchi Chuckwu stated this at a two day Bio Medical Prevention Forum in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
The Biomedical HIV prevention forum which attracted participants from Australia, United State of America, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria is organised by the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) and the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) – in collaboration with the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Delivering a key note address, The Minister of Health expressed with delight that though progress has been made in the fight against the scourge in WHO African countries with decrease in new infection in twenty two countries and stability in eleven in line with MDG Six, Nigeria had stepped up activities in several areas including treatment, care, support service and research.
Represented by the Director Centre for disease control in Nigeria, Dr Abdusalami Nasidi, The minister of health acknowledged that Nigeria need to develop tropical microbicide, as well as support advances in technology including rolling out of vaccine policy in the country
In a special lecture a foremost African Scientist and Director CAPPRISA Professor Salim Abdool Kareem who affirmed that there was scientific evidence that microbicide tools could aid prevention of new HIV infection called on Nigeria government to step up action, evolve effective policy and provide fund for researchers in Nigeria to meet up with global challenge.
In another contribution, One of the speakers from University of California, United States of America, professor Brandon Brown stressed the need for Nigeria to take pro active step by setting up research ethics committee in all institution.
In a submission, the Country Director Centre for Disease Control in Nigeria, Dr Okey Nwanyawu said Getting to Zero in a Biomedical way requires bold leadership, HIV counselling and testing and application of microbicides tools for the prevention of new HIV infection.
The pioneer chairman for Aids control in Nigeria Professor Etim Essien who was honoured at the event urged stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunities provided by advancement in science to reverse the scourge of the disease in the country.
The forum was also exploring approaches to articulate way forward for hiv prevention as highlighted by the by the recent African Union Abuja plus 12 summit.
Filed under: Orphan and Vulnerable Children | Tags: Child Protection, justice, legal access
The Primary Consideration in all actions concerning Children whther undertaken by public or private social welfare institution, courts of law and administration, according to Convention on the rights of the Child requires that the best interest of the Child is the primary consideraton.
This report takes a look at ways abuse against the child can properly be protected through access to justice.
Many a times Children suffer all sorts of abuses including Sexual exploitation, Trafficking and sale, Harmful traditional practices,Violence, neglect and Child labour.
These abuses most times, escape the wrath of the law, thereby embolden the perpetrators and provide encouragement for others to inflict other abuses.
To check mate this trend stakeholders have called for measures that will promote the interest of the child on legal matters.
A Judge of the family court in Akwa Ibom State, Justice Joy Unwana expresses delight that though civil societies working on the Child Protection are passionate about their work, they need ts o upgrade their knowledge on the framework of the law.
Another Legal practitioner of the Abia state Ministry of Justice and Chairperson of International Federation of women Lawyers, in the State, Barrister Chibuzor Ehiemere points out that security agencies have a lot to do to ensure that proper invetigation are carried out to prove cases beyond reasonable doubt.
In her submission, A member of the Osun state child protection network, Deputy Suprintendent of Police, Mrs Funke Fawole urges civil societies to network properly with security agencies and make use of help lines.
Mrs Fawole added that for access to Justice againt child abuse to be ahieved there was the needs prompt investigation.
Filed under: Orphan and Vulnerable Children | Tags: CPN, Osun state. Ikire, Rape
A middle aged man, Nurudeen Alabeloye, aged thirty four has been reported to have defile an eleven years old girl in Ikire, Osun state.
The suspect, father of three, now in police net at the criminal Investigation Department in Osogbo, the Osun state capital is a native
of Ikire and a motor boy with a tipper driver.
Alabeloye allegedly committed the act when the teenager hawking petty stuff went to collect thirty naira owed her by the wife of the suspects.
Newsmen visited the defile child at the emergency unit of Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo where she is receiving treatment for vaginal laceration and second. degree assault files reports that the child is responding to treatment.
Narrating her ordeal in the hand of Nurudeen Alabeloye, the young girl in primary five in a public school in Osun state explained that after she collected thirty naira owes by the man’s wife, alabeloye demanded that she wanted to buy biscuits.
The young girl explained that after the transaction, she set to leave when Alabeloye grabbed her from the back and forcefully dragged her into a room where the man forced her way leading to profuse discharge of blood.
With the uncontrollable flow of blood the damage done on the teenager dawned on him and Alabeloye plotted a way to cover up by giving her a tin of milk and
As this effort proved abortive he tried a deal with a local hospital but the health officers in accessing the damage make referals to the state hospital in Ikire before she was eventually transfered to Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital Osogbo for proper treatment.
Speaking on the development, the mother of the defiled teenager explained that she was troubled when her girl did not show up on time until some neighour came to inform her that her daughter has been defiled.
The woman added that it took assistance of neighour to prevent the suspects from running away.
The suspect, Nurudeen Alabeloye who burst into tears when he was to be interviewed said it was a spell of evil forces.
Reacting to the incidence the Osun state Secretary Child Protection Network, Mrs Omolade Yesufu who described the incident as a callous one pointed out that justice must be allowed to take its full course.
She urged parents especially women to always be on guard.