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UNFPA/TBA’s Sensitizes Kambia District on MMR & GBV – MAPDI NEWS

UNFPA/TBA’s Sensitizes Kambia District on MMR & GBV – MAPDI NEWS

In Kambia District with fund and supports from the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs, Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) in the seven chiefdoms of Kambia district have commended on a two weeks community advocacy sensitization campaign on Friday 15th June 2012.

It could be recalled that UNFPA have over the week end concluded the training of over 70 Traditional Birth Attendants from seven chiefdoms in Kambia district to serve as community advocators on Maternal Mortality Reduction, Gender Based Violence, Teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.

After the training United Nation Population Fund provided advocacy materials to the Traditional Birth Attendants including torch lights, tape and CD recorders, mega phones, and batteries among others were provided to embark on their various community’s advocacy meetings.

During the TBA’s community outreach meetings in Gbile Dixing, Masungbala, and Briamayai chiefdoms, locals including raised concerns over the distances from one health centres to another which according to them, most pregnant women delivered at home than health centre.

Traditional Birth Attendants who were not among the trained group stated clearly that before now they have been helping pregnant women in delivery at home but since government and its development partners especially UNFPA, they now referred all delivery matters to the nearest health centre in their community.

Traditional and Religious leaders in the first three chiefdoms promised the TBA’s of their total support and commitment in passing community bye laws and reaching the message of MMR, GBV, HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy to their congregation.

Paramount Chief Alimamy Fabeh Konkodioko Kondogbalan III of Gbile Dixing Chiefdom thank UNFPA for taking MMR, GBV, HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy campaign not only in his chiefdom but to Kambia district. he pledged his total support and commitment to the TBA Community Advocacy Group in ensuring that the dream of UNFPA and government in reducing Maternal death, teenage pregnancy, early marriage, early initiation and Gender Based Violence is reduce in their chiefdom.

Mohamed Kabba

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