The Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN) in collaboration with The Challenge Initiative (TCI) have partnered with Delta state Journalists on family planning.
The event which was organised by NRHJN in collaboration with The Challenge Initiative (TCI) to ascertain the level of awareness and knowledge of the journalists on family planning in Asaba, Delta State capital, brought about the latest collaboration.
The exercise began with the completion of Media knowledge Attitude and Practice (KPA) questionnaire on Family Planning for journalists in Delta State.
The TCI Research, Maintaining and Evaluation/ Technical Support Lead, Mr Abayomi Awoleye, said that the exercise has become important following the rate the country’s rise in population saying that the nation’s population has hit over 200 million.
Mr. Awoleye said TCI partnership with journalists was aimed at sensitising the people in the state was to control their family size and indeed the country to ensure a healthier living.
According to him, “TCI target is to reach the entire country as it currently operates in several states and to achieve this target, the media is strategic in information dissemination to a larger percentage of the population on family planning.
“Hence we are on this exercise to engage the journalists to ascertain the knowledge base on family planning through the KAP questionnaire.”
Earlier in her address, the State TCI Coordinator, Mrs. Helen Dunkwu, urged the participating journalists to fill the questioner based on their true understanding of the subject matter.
She said TCI, a global initiative kicked-off in Nigeria September 2016.
“It is an ambitious programme to accelerate demand –driven participation and spark up a national family planning movement in Nigeria.
“The NRHJN is a group of health reporters, editors and producers with passion for reporting and working on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
“TCI is collaborating with NRHJN to take up media –based advocacy across the various states and is planning to support journalists in Bauchi, Ogun, Delta, Kano and Niger states to improve the family planning reports in the states.
“The primary objective of this KAP assessment is to generate data that will inform subsequent engagement with journalists and media in general,” she said.