BBC, Society For Family Health Train Journalists


Towards effective reportage of good governance and family health care in Nigeria, the British Broadcasting Corporation Media Forum, in partnership with Expanded Social Marketing Programme in Nigeria (ESMPIN), Tuesday trained Edo State-based journalists, government officials and members of Civil Society in Benin City.

Coordinator of BBC Media Forum in Nigeria, Mr. Leonard Aro, said the forum was a charity arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation aimed at transforming the world by reducing poverty and promotion of human rights.

“ESMPIN is a 5-year USAID-funded social project to improve the health of women and children in Nigeria; with the theme: ‘Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Malaria, Maternal and Neonatal and Child Health,’” he said.

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Aro further explained that the charity arm which became operational in Nigeria in 1999 is in partnership with 146 radio stations and 53 television stations across the country with the aim of sensitizing the populace in the area of HIV prevention and other aspects of health education.

Key-implementing partner and coordinator of Society for Family Health in Edo/Delta States, Miss Omeche Audu, advocated for adequate sensitisation of contraceptives among the populace in order to control child birth and sexually transmitted diseases.

—Jethro Ibileke, Benin 

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