TCI Commences Training of Journalists on Reporting Child Birth Spacing

Bashir Hassan

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Project The Challenge Initiative (TCI) has commenced a three days intensive training for over 23 Journalists on the uptake of Family Planning services in Bauchi State.

Declaring the training open today in Bauchi, the First Lady of the State, Dr Aisha Bala Mohammed said that the media are partners for any meaningful development, hence their ability to work with the government and development partners is important in creating awareness among the people.

The First Lady used the forum to called on the people of the state to support the present administration and also urged the media to champion the cause of women and children.

She disclosed that her pet project Al-Muhibbah Foundation in collaboration with Fedility Bank has offered free medical screening to no fewer than 3,000 women in Misau local government area of the state.

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“Health is one of the top priority areas of this administration and that is why his Excellency when he came into power, declared a state of emergency on the health sector. Ever since, he has been working round the clock to ensure that health care reached the people at all level.

“Also my pet project is collaborating with different NGOs and the State Primary Health Development Agency to give all the needed support towards providing quality health care services to our women and children.

Earlier in her welcome remark, the State Program Coordinator of TCI, Mrs Rabi Ekele said that TCI is implemented by John Hopkins center for Communication program with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ekele said that the main goal of TCI intervention is that of increasing the capability of state governments to provide life-saving reproductive health, child birth spacing information and services to families and communities, especially among the urban areas.

She said since the inception of TCI in the state, the initiative have supported the Bauchi State, through the State Primary Health Care Development Agency to renovate and equip 20 health facilities under 72 hours Makeovers HMO.

The TCI State coordinator further said, “we have identify media as key partners in creating enabling environment as well as in generating demand for maternal health services, hence the need to train them on effective health reporting”.

The media training, supported by other partners, attracted practitioners from both the electronics and print genre of journalism and will feature field trip to keep participants abreast with TCI intervention in Bauchi State.

TCI Commences Training of Journalists on Reporting Child Birth Spacing

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