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Society For Family Health Harps On Child Spacing To Reduce Socio-Economic Impact On Women

Society for Family Health has canvassed women to consider child space in order to reduce the impact of the present socio-economic challenges the nation is facing. Noting that this will ensure better and healthier lives for themselves and their families.

Loveth Omeje-Ugwuanyi, the Social Behaviour Change and Communication Consultant at the DISC Project of the Society for Family Health (SFH) in Enugu, made this call while speaking at the outreach sensitization programme for women at Uwani General Hospital in Enugu.

According to her, “Anything that affects women affects the whole household, and if women are not empowered, society will not gain much. Hence, they need to be sensitised and encouraged to gain the knowledge that if they space their children, they will fare better because they will be healthier to invest in.”

Omeje-Ugwuanyi disclosed, “SFH, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, through the Delivering Innovation in Self Care (DISC) Project, has been working on sensitisation and awareness with an emphasis on the importance of child spacing.

“If women know that they can plan their families and space their children, life would be easier for them and their immediate families because only healthy women can engage in something meaningful.”

In her address, the family planning Supervisor for Enugu South, Mrs. Sarah Ugwu, expressed her gratitude to SFH for all the support on issues concerning women and children.

She added that the Enugu State Ministry of Health has been working with partners to sensitise women on sexual and reproductive health, with an emphasis on child spacing.

“Child spacing is not only necessary but every woman should be encouraged to embrace it. With the current challenges, the benefits of child spacing are enormous,” she said.

Ugwu described the family planning programme in Enugu State as encouraging, highlighting the significant efforts of the state government in primary healthcare.

All experts at the Clinic Outreach encouraged women to adopt child spacing methods on a large scale, emphasising the considerable benefits for mothers, children, and spouses.

The SFH regular clinic event held at Uwani General Hospital featured discussions on various family planning methods, including contraceptive self-injection.

The DISC Project also conducts community mobilisation to raise awareness among women of reproductive age, youth, and adolescents about the benefits of child spacing, creating demand for family planning services and providing referrals to health facilities for quality care.

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