TCI empowers Yobe media team with Child Spacing knowledge for improved health

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In a bid to address the critical issue of child spacing and empower journalists to disseminate accurate information, The Change Initiative (TCI), a Non-Governmental Organization, organised a three-day workshop for journalists in Damaturu, Yobe State.

The intensive training, held from 14th to 16th February, equipped participants with in-depth knowledge on various aspects of child spacing.

Dr. Philemon Yahaya, the TCI State Programme Manager, explained some objectives of the training to include strengthen the ability of media, especially the state media outfits for effective and accurate dissemination of information on the benefits of child spacing.

Other objectives according to him, are to build the capacity of media practitioners on Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health (AYSRH) among others.

Hajiya Mairo Hassan, the State Coordinator for Reproductive Health at the Yobe State Primary Healthcare Management Board explained various forms of child spacing including its types, advantages, the prevalence of myths and misconceptions surrounding it.

She also explored child spacing’s potentials to improve maternal and child health, reduce infant mortality, and empower women.

The workshop featured presentations from renowned experts in the field of Reproductive Health, Maternal and child health (MCH) among others.

The interactive sessions delved into the various methods of child spacing, their benefits and drawbacks, and the importance of dispelling harmful myths and misperceptions that often hinder informed decision-making.

Miss Ndyip Balat, the TCI Social and Behavioral Communication Specialist, said the importance of media of the campaign could not be overemphasize.

She said equipping journalists with accurate information on child spacing is critical, adding that media plays a vital role in shaping public discourse and influencing societal attitudes.

She encouraged the participants from various media organizations to form a WhatsApp group for communication.

Comfort Mukollo, a DevCom Consultant enjoined media practitioners to exploit various forms of social media platforms in promoting child specing and other human angle story ideas.

She also facilitated various groups of participants to identify other relevant partners within the state that could be of importance during and after the project.

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