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FP 2030: Stakeholders define goals to achieving target

Stakeholders has set new achievable commitments to meeting the Family Planning, FP 2030, goal with inclusive, equitable and transparent process that is rooted in rights-based family planning principles.

Speaking during a webinar at the Nigeria FP 2030 commitment process held recently, the chair [...]

Mon, 10 May 2021


Providing water, sanitation facilities to curb COVID-19 spread

Experts has said that, safely managed Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, WASH services are an essential part of preventing and protecting human health during infectious disease outbreaks, including the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Public health analysts opined that, one of the most cost-effective st [...]

Mon, 03 May 2021


Bridging vaccination gap to avert under-5 mortality

While the world focuses on critically important new vaccines to protect against COVID-19, there remains a need to ensure routine vaccinations are not missed.

Many children have not been vaccinated during the global pandemic, leaving them at risk of serious diseases like measles and polio. Rapid [...]

Tue, 27 April 2021


Iron Deficiency: Stakeholders call for action

Stakeholders in Nigeria have called for concerted action to address the challenge of iron deficiency most especially amongst women and children as it affects cognitive development in under five.

 

 

 

Tue, 27 April 2021


Iron Deficiency: Stakeholders call for action By Ijeoma UKAZU Stakeholders in Nigeria have called for concerted action to address the challenge of iron deficiency most especially amongst women and children as it affects cognitive development in under five. Speaking during the virtual event, Nestlé’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Victoria Uwadoka made the call during her presentation at the launch of Nestlé ’Live Strong with Iron’, LSWI campaign recently. Uwadoka said, "according to the Nigeria Demographic Health Survey, NDHS 2018, Nigeria has an alarming prevalence of Iron Deficiency: 68 percent of children six–59 months of age and 58 percent of women of reproductive age in Nigeria are anaemic, with at least a third of the anaemias attributable to iron deficiency." She said this campaign is aimed to create awareness and highlight priority areas of health concerns, adding that, in view of the high incidences of Iron deficiency and the attendant dire consequences, this remains a priority area of concern for Nigeria. Speaking on ’Live Strong With Iron’, the Managing Director and of Nestlé Nigeria, Wassim Elhusseini said, "the campaign aims to support governments’ efforts to address Iron Deficiency in view of the high incidence in our environment. It is important to note that Nestlé has sustained food fortification as a strategy to curb micronutrient deficiency in the subregion." According to Elhusseini, "another strategy that Nestlé adopts to enable people to live healthier is by providing adequate information for more informed nutrition choices. We are therefore excited to work alongside all the stakeholders convened here today, to call attention to the rich resource of iron-dense locally available foods that each family can access to improve the current statistics on Iron Deficiency.” Also speaking at the event, the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Right Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who was represented by the Spokesperson of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, commended Nestlé for the great initiative. Gbajabiamila added that, "in bridging the gap, we have to look for what is sustainable, and Nestlé Nigeria has chosen the sustainable way. I would like to call on the ministry of information and the National Orientation Agency to join their voices through advocacy. The more our people are aware of how to find this almighty iron, they will be able to see how accessible it is to them. We will support Nestlé in its efforts to be sustainable." The various stakeholders said, the ’Live Strong with Iron’ campaign supports efforts to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal three (Good health and wellbeing), looking towards improving the health of millions of Nigerians, adding that, through the campaign, the collaborators will support community advocacy programs, broadcast and social media campaigns, to drive change in nutrition behavior, choice and consumption in order to meet daily iron requirements.

Stakeholders in Nigeria have called for concerted action to address the challenge of iron deficiency most especially amongst women and children as it affects cognitive development in under five.


Speaking during the [...]

Tue, 27 April 2021


GAG rule: Healthcare providers now can access global funding- PAI

With the cancellation of the Global Gag Rule, GGR, by President Joe Biden, non-governmental organizations, groups and stakeholders involved in sexual and reproductive health are now free to access global funding for supporting provision of comprehensive health services for women in Nigeria.

Spe [...]

Sun, 18 April 2021


Misconception, myths threatening COVID-19 vaccination

The existence of COVID-19 cannot be completely denied even among doubting individuals due to the large number of deaths that have been linked to the virus in recent times.

The denial of the virus among many has influenced COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy across the world and Nigeria in particular, al [...]

Sun, 18 April 2021


UNICEF harps on continuous routine immunization, vaccination against COVID-19 By Ijeoma UKAZU

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF has said that there is need for continued polio immunization to avoid a resurgence even as it said that getting the coronavirus vaccine would help fight the virus.

Speaking at the opening session of a three-day media dialogue on Routine Immunizatio [...]

Wed, 14 April 2021


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