Communique Issued at a one-day Seminar Organised by Action For Community Development on Wednesday the 8th of April,2015 at ACD Hall 32 Mission Road Benin City. Seminar Theme:The Role of Religion in the Prevention of Post Election Violence. The meeting which commenced at about 11:30am had Christian and Muslim leaders and members of civil society and some political leaders present. After deliberations, the following decisions was agreed on as contained in the communique. That Christian and Muslim Leaders nationwide, should pray for peace during and after elections. That they should preach the message of peace, during and after elections to their followers. That Christians and Muslims should create spaces to dialogue and collaborate to promote peace and mutual co-existence in their communities. That churches and mosques should develop pro-poor programmes that would help to empower their poor members and promote peace in the land. That both religions stand for peace and thus, their adherents should work to promote peace. It was also agreed that the message for promoting peace after elections should be communicated to as many Christian and Muslim leaders as possible. Traditional rulers and political leaders were enjoined to give their blessings to all political aspirants and maintain neutrality. It was also unanimously agreed that the national orientation Agency should be made independent of government, in order to effectively educate and re orientate the citizens, in order to break the walls of ethnicity and build a nation bound in freedom peace and unity. Signed by Sam Ajufoh Executive Director Action For Community Development & Seminar Convener for West African Liberation Theology Association. 32 Mission Road Benin City. Phone:08182243781,www.acdng.org
ACD has always given child and maternal health a top priority in our work . This was demonstrated in our recent participation and partnership with Society for Family Health in Evbuotubu community. we are happy that under five child survival is being given attention since this will ensure the next generation. We have continued to mobilize the community to respond to child health . The issues of malaria, diahorrea and neo natal health were freely discuss among participate who suggested ways of continue to ensure child survival.
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Positive Action For Children Fund (PACF) has indeed made a lot of impact in Evbuotubu community since the commencement of the Improved Community Safe Sex and Prevention of mother- to – child transmission (ICOSSAP). One of such landmark achievement was the Advocacy visit paid to the Local government Chairman of Egor Local government (The local government that the community is located) on the 22nd of April 2014. This advocacy visit was part of the activities outlined in the work-plan for the project. The community representatives were accompanied by delegates from Action From Community Development (The PACF grantee). The needs of the health facility located in the community was on the front burner. The spokesperson for the community Micheal Obasogie tabled the needs of the community before the LGA chairman which include the following:
Pipe born water, Security, 24 service delivery, A signboard for Identification
An Ambulance, Entrance gate
Adequate seats for mothers during immunization.
Funds to do outreaches programme on HIV prevention/Testing
Supplies of consumable of PMTCT Programmes.
The LGA chairman promise to act on the request.
RENOVATION OF EVBOTUBU HEALTH CENTER
True to his words, the LGA chairman visited the community the next day. On the 28th of April 2014 , ACD and The Community Representatives paid a visit to Evbotubu Community Health Center to see what Egor Local Government Council chairman has done . The Chairman has installed pipe borne water , constructed the road leading to the Health Center, renovated the buildings and the old Generator was serviced.
This year WWD was a great and significant event for us at ACD. It did not only offer us an opportunity to emphasized the getting to Zero message but offers us yet another opportunity to take the message to our communities were we are implementing our ICOSSAP (IMPROVED COMMUNITY SAFE SEX AND PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION) . During this year’s event , we had a lot of activities line out to make the event a significant one . Some of the activities for this year event include rally, sensitization of the public , HIV counselling and testing and finally” A thousand ribbon event”. The people very happy especially for the opportunity it offered for free testing and counselling.
At a recent seminar organised by BBC Media Action and SFH which was attended by our staff the need for greater sensitivity on maternal and child health by the media was raised .Members of the media present su
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