What impact have you had?
• The program brought together rural women between the ages of 14 to 45 years who discussed issues relating to reproductive health and personal hygiene increasing chances of safe motherhood in Ifira community.
• Creates functional system for traditional and religious leaders in learning first hand information on the remote causes preventing women population from maintaining good health.
• Established a synergy for supporting rural women’s development and prosperity.
• Awaken community stakeholders’ zest and action for promoting and preserving the life of mothers and new born by ensuring that every expectant and nursing mother in rural neighborhoods maintains good health.
• There is an increase in awareness on the situation of maternal mortality and its adverse effect on the economic development of the community.
As entry point and for consensus building, to facilitate implementation of the program and enhance the program buy-in throughout, community visit was carried out establishing contacts with TBAs and strategic women groups to facilitate broader community involvement. The steps our organization is taking to make the program is to make the program successful include the following activities;
• Set up program management team
• Organizing pre-program / strategic meeting
• Carrying out community visits
• Mobilizing community stakeholders
• Organizing advocacy and partnership meeting
• Conduct advocacy visits to policy makers and traditional / religious leaders
• Conduct community baseline assessment and validation workshop
• Conduct capacity building workshop
• Carry out media campaign
• Undertake participatory monitoring and evaluation with follow-up meetings.
• Increase chances of safe motherhood in neighborhoods of Ifira community.
• Increase awareness on situation of women’s health in the community and women participation in maternal healthcare delivery.
• Establish synergy on maternal healthcare delivery in neighborhoods of Ifira community.
• Establish functional structures in 20 neighborhoods of Ifira community.
• Increase advocacy events influencing additional budgetary allocation to maternal health in Igabi LGA.
• Strengthened capacity of Ifira community system to undertake maternal health education through activities of the functional structures.
• Undertake advocacy visits to policymakers at state and local government level including visits to HE Amina Sambo the wife of Governor of Kaduna State.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
Identify critical actors / beneficiaries
Initiate community engagement
Generate interest and wider support for promoting and preserving the health of mothers and new born.
Develop road map through bottom - top approach
Capacity development for target groups
Establish network of trained TBAs
Link TBAs with other State Actors
Carry out media intervention
Undertaken policy advocacy
Lobbying for TBAs to be integrated into Maternal, New born and Child health program for sustainability
Monitoring and Evaluation of impact of the program will be an ongoing action from beginning to the end of the program.
Through increase in political attention the program can be incorporated into the current Maternal and Child Health program, and can serve as part of the requirements needed to be fulfilled by the government of any state that is willing to access the National Midwifery Service Scheme.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
Since the program adopted a bottom top approach and the community already have identified with it as a common necessity in the community, the political tension which will arise as a result of the heat from 2011 general election will have no influence or impact on the program. The people will see it as their program.