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Society for Family Health partners Nasarawa govt on safer child delivery methods 

Society for Family Health partners Nasarawa govt on safer child delivery methods 

Society for Family Health (SFH) is partnering the Nasarawa State government in order to ensure that women of child-bearing age adopt safer delivery methods.

Mrs Mopelola Raje, Deputy Team Lead of SFH made the disclosure at an event to mark the 2024 International Women’s Day in Karu Local Government Area.

She explained that the partnership was under the Delivering Innovation in Self Care (DISC) project funded by  the Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).

The Deputy Team Lead said that DISC project was supporting the Federal Government as well as 15 states including to empower women and bring out their challenges with a view of addressing them.

She noted that the project supports women to assume greater control over their sexual and reproductive health by using contraceptive self-care methods like self-inject (Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate- Subcutaneous DMPA-SC) which can help in delaying or preventing pregnancy if a woman so desires.

“Under this project, we empower the woman to be autonomous in the issues of her reproductive right and make informed choices.

“We use their clinic days to educate them about the various family planning methods and encourage them to engage in trade or business no matter small to support their husbands, and families,” she added.

She identified some other programmes to include menstrual hygiene and social protection programmes to support girls of school age improve on their sexual reproductive life.

She pledged to continue to support the state government to ensure that women get the right information about their health so as to drastically reduce maternal and child mortality rates in the country.

Also speaking at the event, Mrs Salomi Aya, Nasarawa State Coordinator of Sexual Reproductive Health, lamented that the state was among the 10 states with highest mortality rates in the country and explained that the government was working hard to change the ranking.

She said that the state government had trained healthcare providers in all Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) on family planning and modify life-saving-skills to assist women during delivering to curtail mortality.

The Coordinator also called on women to invest in themselves and desist from waiting for their husbands to do everything for the growth of the family.

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