From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi
Governments and other stakeholders have been urged to support the traditional and religious leaders in promoting sexual and reproductive health, and rights.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a one day Traditional and Religious leaders conference on child spacing and survival, organized by Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) held yesterday at Giginya Coral Hostel, Sokoto, adding that traditional and religious leaders have vital role to play in curtailing maternal and child mortality.
The communiqué, which was signed by the Project Manager, ARFH-ESMPIN Aliyu J. Guraguri adding that traditional and religious leaders should advocate for increase political commitment and allocation of funds to SRH programmes.
According to the communiqué, the community-based distribution (CBD) integrated project model should be expanded and replicated in other states while government should take ownership for improved access and use.
‘’There should be capacity building for service providers on child spacing and child survival and TR and RLs should advocate for free maternal neo-natal and child health service’’ he added.
He further explained that religious leaders should include reproductive health messages in their Jummat hudba, and church messages and that also, there should be legislation backing the participation of religious and traditional leaders in reproductive health activities.