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).
The Legislative Initiative for Sustainable Development (LISDEL) has approached National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre (NEMCHIC) to seek was of collaboration to promote best practices on RMNCAH + N in Nigeria.
In a meeting that held last week at the NEMCHIC work station, the leader of LISDEL team, Juliana Abude-Aribo disclosed that the organization was planning a high level conference/dialogue on RMNCAH+N in Nigeria, and therefore needed NEMCHIC’s guidance on areas of critical concerns and partnership with NPHCDA.
The NEMCHIC PM, Dr Laila Umar, who informed that the meeting held on the authority of the NPHCDA Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib, stated that NEMCHIC was passionately interested in collaborating with partners to address the unacceptable high traffic of preventable deaths of women and children in Nigeria.
The PM welcome LISDEL, and guided the organization through the current situation of maternal and under-5 mortalities in Nigeria and the RMNCAH +N performances dashboard. Further collaborative discussions will be held between the organization and NEMCHIC with guidance from NPHCDA Executive Director.
As part of it’s community engagement strategies on RMNCAH+N, the National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre (NEMCHIC) has concluded a 5-day National Training of Trainers (NToT) on revised Ward Development Committee (WDC) Operational Guideline.
The training, which held in Nasarawa state on 11th – 15th May 2022, aims to strengthen the capacity and functionality of WDC to to drive community involvement and ownership of interventions to reduce preventable maternal and under-5 mortalities in Nigeria.
Participants included NPHCDA State Coordinators, Partners, PMs SEMCHIC, and State Health Educators drawn from Kaduna, Anambra, Cross River, Gombe, Lagos and Nasarawa states.
The National Trainers are expected to cascade the training and subsequently support the roll out of community health development activities in their respective states.
The revised WDC operational guideline provides clear orientation on Ward Health Systems, election and inauguration of WDC Executives, Community Action Plan, WDC meeting scheduling and steps for conducting meetings, composition of the facility management committee, their roles, responsibilities, and Terms of Reference, etc.