Health personnel Managing Community of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in health facilities of Bauchi state have commended Civil Society Organisations CSOs and the Media for working to Improve Nutrition in the state.
Malam Nasiru Jika Officer in charge of Miri district Primarily Health care,speaking on behalf of the CMAM centers made the commendation when the CSOs visit the healthcare facility to monitor distribution of Ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF) in Bauchi on Wednesday.
He said the CSOs and the Media are commended for setting up priorities on creating awareness on Severe Malnutrition and Scaling Up Nutrition in the state.
“The CSOs and the Media partners in different ways including Roundtable meetings, Field Visits, Workshops, press briefings/media chats to sensitise and create more awareness.
“To the government and the general public yielded more results especially during the stock out of RUTF in the CMAM centers,”he said.
According to him, for long the Media and Civil Society engagement has proved to be an effective way to influence policies by the Government, and increase awareness among the populace on right behaviours and practices.
Mr Jika stressed that government has provided enough RUTF for the last quarter of 2019 and first quarter of next year 2020 marvelous and commendable.
“As you can see the parents of those children on the que waiting to collect their one month RUTF and some of the children added more weight since they started treatment with RUTF.
Miss Comfort Attah of the Attah Sisters helping Foundation (ASHHF) Bauchi reiterated that continuous advocacy is key to raising awareness about a need, building public and political will,
“Setting priorities and improving policies to leverage nutrition outcomes from actions taken across sectors and stakeholders.
“Our advocacy works best when we combine evidence and analysis, engaging messages and a strategy to identify and influence those who can deliver the change.
Also Speaking Mrs Abigail Hador from Aid Connect for Development pointed out that their engagement with Media on advocacy and communications help to raise awareness among the public and policymakers about the importance and the problem of nutrition.
“Using stories and an evidence-based, the urgency of addressing the problem and the programmatic and policy solutions can help convince decision makers as well as those who can influence decision makers about the need to take action, she said.
Mrs Hador said raising awareness and by creating the demand for better policies, services and accountability will scale up nutrition in the state.
She however Commended Bauchi state for taking steps to scale up nutrition in the state through the supply of RUTF.