29 June 2014

Nigeria: NGO Tasks Media, Others On Maternal, Newborn Survival Programmes

Photo: Phil Moore/Save the Children
Mother and baby in Guinea Bissau.

Bauchi — Bauchi based non-governmental organization, Evidence for Action (E4A), has charged civil society organizations, the media and the state Ministry of Health to be committed to maternal and newborn survival programmes.

The state Coordinator of Evidence for Action (E4A) for Maternal and Newborn Heath Options, Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed, gave the charge at the first presentation of the E4A project to CSOs, Media organisations and government officials in Bauchi, recently.

He said, "we need to put effort to stop the deaths of mothers and newborn babies and also advocate accountability in the society."

Ahmed said all efforts and continued momentum in maternal and newborn survival will be achieved through a combined focus on evidence, advocacy and accountability, a targeted and multi-level approach as well as astuteness in responding to the evolving political climate in Nigeria.

He said, "E4A will work towards ensuring safe facilities for all mothers and babies by leaving behind stronger evidence, advocacy and accountability mechanisms through concrete changes."

The coordinator explained that E4A' project is a catalytic programme to motivate and inspire change to improve Maternal New born Health (MNH) survival, saying, "the heart of its approach is the strategic packaging of evidence to fuel effective and targeted advocacy and accountability efforts.

"E4A will also address critical gaps in the uptake of evidence, by facilitating both the strategic and intelligent use of evidence, particularly in improving evidence based planning at multiple levels and carefully considering the political and policy environment to both inform interventions and help spur action on (MNH).

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