Nigeria: UNICEF launches "Faith for Life" Handbook to promote maternal, child survival
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Nov 4, Abuja: An advocacy 'Faith for Life', Handbook developed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to create awareness on maternal and child survival has been launched in Northwest, Nigeria. Mohammad Mohiuddin, Chief of UNICEF Sokoto Field Office, said "the Faith for Life" handbook for Islam and Christian Religious Leaders was developed with inputs from both Muslim, Christian Scholars and technical experts from Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), Nutrition, Education and other aspects that concerns women and children.
"With guidance from the handbooks, religious and traditional leaders are expected to take the lead in providing the best opportunities to ensure that children get the best opportunities in life for them to survive, develop and grow to their full potential. He explained that verses from the Quran and Hadith and the Bible, related to maternal and child survival, development and protection are carefully selected and compiled which provide the spiritual basis for promoting the high impact interventions.
Kebbi state Governor Senator Atiku Bagudu, at the formal lunching of the document after an Advocacy and Community Engagement Workshop, pointed out that the document is a manual that will enable the communities to support UNICEF in all their development drive in the state. He lauded expressed his administration's commitment to ensuring the implementation of all the sections of the document. He said religious and traditional rulers in the state are ready to help drive the advocacy as recommended by the document.
" Traditional and religious leaders are doing very well in supporting the government as they already have the foundation. " Community efforts are key in advocating for issues that directly affect the people. when we do it ourselves it makes life more meaningful for us." The governor also commended UNICEF, Sokoto Field Office for the initiative.
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