I developed family planning activities in the Maradi Region (Niger Republic). I worked with then three Sanitary Districts (Aguié, Tessaoua and Mayahi) and organized training sessions to health patricians at health posts’.
At community level, the activities undergone were:
- Conception of communication strategy for the promotion of best health practices,
- Elaboration of training manuals and messages (audio, posters, pamphlets) on health, education and poverty reduction, gender and peace;
- Elaboration pedagogic materials for community workshops;
- Training of community volunteers and monitoring their activities especially Community based Distribution (CBD);
- Creation and coaching of folkloric groups for sensitization drama, awareness raising campaigns.
During my first working experience, I discovered that most of malnurished children are ones of multipare women with reduced birth interval and mostly in very poor houselhold. At community-level, nutritional taboos are persisiting what have a very detrimental effects on children and women.
The biggest challenge in family planning is the misconception of family planning itself at all level partcularly the population and the practitioners. To overcome this challenge we defined a communication strategy with focus on adressing the health issues for the differents community members and for the health practitioners.
The biggest challenge in Niger is the misunderstanding of family planning and the poor service provided on family planning. It can be addressed through improvement of communication, improvement of education at all level especially focusing on teenagers, improvement of service provided in health centers and reinforcement of community-based services.
I want to set up a coalition,a partnership to address family planning issues. A strong partnership to improve the national policy on family planning, health,education and agriculture.