UNICEF extends support for VCM transitioning to CHIPS Agents.

UNICEF extends support for VCM transitioning to CHIPS Agents.

ED/CEO, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, met with the UNICEF Chief of Health, Dr Eduardo Celades, and his team to discuss ongoing plans for VCM integration into the CHIPS Programme.


Dr. Eduardo, in his remarks, said the UNICEF team was at NPHCDA to discuss proposed areas of support to transform VCMs to CHIPS Agents. He noted that the efforts of NPHCDA can only yield desired results if development partners come around the table to provide technical and financial support to ensure sustainability of the CHIPS programme.

Appreciating the team for the visit, Dr. Shuaib said having UNICEF buy into the integration of community based structures into CHIPS, and being willing to provide all the needed support is commendable. He tasked the team with ensuring this support is provided in a sustainable manner, taking into account prevailing State contexts.

The ED assured the team of his determination to bring relevant government and partner organisations around the table to discuss and address all bottlenecks around the VCMs-CHIPS integration.

NEMCHIC conducts RMC NToT, targets 300 health workers for LGA cascade

As part of it’s strategies for promoting behaviour change among health care workers in Nigeria, the National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre (NEMCHIC) has successfully conducted a virtual orientation for 60 health workers in Nasarawa, Jigawa and Cross River states on Respectful Maternity Care charter and Antenatal Care key messages.

The 60 health care workers are expected to serve as national facilitators, who will cascade the training to 300 health care workers at LGA levels in the selected states.

In his welcome remarks, Acting Director, Community Health Services (CHS), Dr. Chris Elemuwa disclosed that increased demand for PHC services could be achieved if health care workers provide the needed quality care at the primary health care facilities.

He further said the training would provide participants needed Knowledge and skills to enable them to effectively implement maternal and child care at PHC centres.

While highlighting the objectives of the training, the NEMCHIC programme Manager, Dr Laila Umar said the training was to orient participants on Respectful Maternal Care charter and sensitize them on the universal rights of women and children.

The training, she said, also aims to promote awareness and behaviour changes among health workers on RMC, introduce modalities of delivering ANC messages, and update the knowledge and skiill of health care workers on medical ethics and how to manage ethical dilemmas at the workplace, and to promote demand for primary health care services using Inter-Personal Communication skills.

The one-day GF-funded training had technical support from the African Field Epidemiologists Network (AFENET), Breakthrough Action Nigeria (BA-N), USAID and White Rainbow Alliance (WRA).