The arrival of new born babies, are often greeted with fanfare but where the unexpected happens, the mood in such homes are better imagined than felt.
Research says one out of the 13 pregnant women out there dies while giving birth to new born. More worrisome is another that says four women die at child birth per hour, making it more pathetic that 96 of our pregnant women die daily during delivery in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s population continues to increase rapidly with no commensurate development in health care service delivery. With a current estimated population of 186 million and an annual growth rate of about 2.5%, Nigeria’s huge population, fuelled by high birth rate without good family planning, can be a huge burden with resultant poor health indices such as high maternal and infant deaths. Nigeria’s maternal and child deaths is one of the highest in the world.
Development Communications Network, DEVCOMS, and MacArthur Foundation have charged the media to increase the awareness and education of the public on the state of maternal deaths in the country by organizing a sensitization briefing between journalist and civil societies organization, CSOs recently.
The briefing which is part of the Immersion Project had selected journalists meeting with and discussing with CSOs to further the course of eradicating preventable maternal deaths as well as demanding accountablility from government and other policy makers in Nigeria.
Although Family Planning (FP) commodities are free in Lagos state, stakeholders in the health sector have said lack of consumables and poor state of FP clinics at the Primary Health Cares (PHCs) have led to the increase in maternal death in the state.
Lagos team leader, the Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI-2), Dr. Omosanjuwa Edun, told LEADERSHIP that research has shown that FP saves lives and reduces maternal deaths by up to 40 percent, adding that if 10 women were to die as a result of pregnancy, FP can save three to four of those women.
Although family planning commodities are free in Lagos, lack of consumables and poor state of family planning clinics at the Primary Health Care (PHCs) remains a major hurdle to accessing the services at the PHC level.
A visit to some of the Lagos PHCs reveals that many of the facilities lack consumables for modern contraceptive procedure, some have no dedicated FP room to ensure privacy for users, they operate with old or incomplete equipment and others can’t offer implant due to lack of trained personnel or equipment.
Lagos July 2016 - Nigeria records one of the poorest maternal mortality rates in the world according to the National Demographic Health Survey, NDHS 2013. Our population continues to increase rapidly with disproportionate development in health care service delivery.
With a current estimated population of 186 million and an annual growth rate of about 2.5%, Nigeria’s huge population, fueled by high birth rate without good family planning, can be a huge burden with resultant poor health indices such as high maternal and infant deaths.
Media Market Survey on Education Reporting in Lagos State
DevComs Network was contracted by DEEPEN to assess Current Media Practices as regards education reporting. The study aims to understand how the media market can work for the poor - giving them quality information to make informed choices in a sustainable way. The survey is ongoing and will span 31 working days.
Development Communications Network (DevComs) introduces 'Bridging the Gap: Media, Community, and CSOs for Accountability and Demand for Quality Maternal Health Services in Nigeria', a project which is aimed at facilitating the partnership between media professionals and civil society groups to collectively demand accountability in maternal health delivery.
Text of the Keynote Address delivered by Mr.
This video 'the media as partner in advancing accountability in the education sector' was recorded during the keynote presentation delivered by the Policy Advisor of Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), Mr. Wale Samuel, at the JDP award presentation organised by DevComs Network.
Development Communications Network under its just concluded Journalism Development Programme (JDP 2) has rewarded seven outstanding and committed journalists with certificates of recognition and reporting gifts during the JDP 2013 Award presentation ceremony.
Journalism Development Programme 2 is a one year project on education reporting, supported by Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) and aimed at developing the media capacity to bring all education stakeholders to the appreciation of and action towards quality education in Nigeria.
Gentlemen of the press and distinguished ladies and gentlemen! It is with a deep sense of appreciation that I, on behalf of Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS), welcome you to this award presentation to worthy Nigerian journalists for the recognition of excellence and commitment to quality reportage and penmanship in Nigeria: The journalism Development Programme Award of Recognition in the education sector.
Journalism Development Programme (JDP) was implemented by Development Communications (DevComs) Network with the support of Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) having identified Education as public trust and communication an important component for a re-branded education sector.
DEVCOMS has been responsible for Media Advocacy on NURHI Project. We engaged in series of activities to secure buy-in and regular usage of Family Planning reportage and stories in the media. These include advocacy visits to media owners and managers in project sites, sensitization workshops and capacity building for journalists. We also organized media appearances from time to time to commemorate key National days (e.g. World Population Day, MNCH Week, Safe Motherhood etc) as well as for stakeholders such as prominent religious leaders and elected representatives who publicly declared their support for Family Planning.