Network of Reproductive Health Journalists, Nigeria, NRHJN, has stressed the need for stakeholders in health related matters to collaborate on Reproductive health advocacy to meet their targeted goals.
The Ondo state Coordinator of the Network, Mrs Fatima Muraina made the call at a stakeholders meeting with Non Governmental Organisations working on Health matters in Akure, Ondo state capital.
Muraina applauded the organisations for their commitment, but added that such commitments were not felt much due to the challenges faced by the organisations.
While describing the rural communities as the most vulnerable, she urged stakeholders to take health advocacy to the grassroots which she observed has been marginalized.
She called for the need to collaborate with the Network for a better awareness so that their various impacts are felt in the society and the state at large.
Reacting, the Executive Officer of Inter-Africa Committee on Harmful Traditional Practice Affecting women and children, Mrs. Margret Adebayo appreciated the network for extending collaboration to her organisation, saying that programmes implemented to create awareness to sensitize the people were often truncated due to financial inadequacies of the organisation which could not be met.
The Executive Officer of Health Solution and Gender Violence Center, Dr. Faozat Aragbaye pointed to inadequate publicity of the Non Governmental Organisations programmes which she said are very impactful but not given the necessary publicity to impact on the women.
The Executive Officer of Human Inneed Initiatives, Mrs. Aluko Folashade who is into widowhood and Orphans, said more efforts should be made to ensure that sensitization gets to the rural areas to earn women their health freedom.
Oluwabukola Aremu of the Young African Leaders Initiative YALI, also raised the illiteracy level of the community people who turned down all efforts towards sensitizing the women on issues that borders them like the Female Genital Mutilation.
“There is a high rate of FGM in Adofure community, where a survey was done by my colleague in 2021 to the community, but the team left disappointedly when they were not allowed to create awareness on FGM,” Aremu said.