Kenneth AFOR |
The Post Pregnancy Family Planning (PPFP) Project is supporting the Lagos state government to increase modern contraceptive uptake among women within the post-pregnancy period.
The project is currently being implemented across 184 private health facilities within 19 Local Government Areas in Lagos Sate.
The projects’ key interventions include demand generation, and service delivery components with data use through research, monitoring, and evaluation as a cross-cutting component of each intervention.
It coincides with World Breastfeeding Week 2020, and at the period the world is witnessing COVID-19, a pandemic that threatens family health and planning.
Themed, “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet,” the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF urged governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counseling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.
“Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional, and emotional benefits to both children and mothers. And it forms part of a sustainable food system. But while breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support – both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding.
“Skilled counseling services can ensure that mothers and families receive this support, along with the information, the advice, and the reassurance they need to nourish their babies optimally.”
In their joint message, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on governments to invest, train, ensure, partner, and protect health workers from the influence of baby food factory.