Women Information Network (WINET) has mobilized the women of Enugu State, Nigeria for safe motherhood. For one year, May 2012 –June 2013, WINET with support from Global Fund for Women (GFW) carried out activities using the media to give information on Safe Motherhood to women and radio listeners.
For 26 weeks, WINET broadcast a radio talk show entitled ‘Ndu Ndi Nne’ (translated The Life of Women) on Radio Nigeria Coal City FM 92.8 Enugu. Each week a resource person spoke on various issues including Basic facts about Safe Motherhood, Danger signs in pregnancy, HIV and AIDS and Safe Motherhood, Maternal Mortality, Causes and Prevention, Family Planning and Safe Motherhood, STIs and Safe Motherhood, Female Genital Cutting and Safe Motherhood, Community Involvement in Safe Motherhood, Fibroid in Pregnancy, Sex Preferences, High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy and Safe Motherhood, The Role of Ante-Natal Care in Safe Motherhood, Reproductive Health/Rights and Safe Motherhood. Some editions were dedicated to responding to questions from listeners and the radio listening clubs. The language of broadcast was Igbo (the local language of the area). Listeners and the two radio listening clubs in Umuike-Owo Obe and Ogwulu Emene sent feedback and questions through phone calls and text messages.
Other activities included two radio live interactive programmes that discussed the State of Women’s Maternal Health in Enugu State and What a pregnant woman should know as well as a Stakeholders forum on Maternal Health in Enugu State.
Success Stories: During the evaluation of the project, a female listener said “Still on female genital cutting, I used to believe that the wayward girls usually seen around hotels and streets looking for sex partners are people whose genital areas were not cut. But this programme has changed that negative impression of mine”.
Another woman said, “I have learnt about the need to regularly visit the hospital whenever a woman is pregnant. When I was of child bearing age, I gave birth to most of my children in places other than the hospital; So, I have learnt that this is a very bad practice. I have also imparted this knowledge to my daughters and my daughters- in- law”.
Yet another said, “Since I started listening to this programme, I have become more careful with my sexual habits, and I have also come to know that HIV/ AIDs is not only transmitted through sexual intercourse. One has to be careful with the use of sharp objects”.
The project achieved its goal of disseminating information to promote safe motherhood and reduce maternal mortality Enugu State, Nigeria