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Ogun Community Leaders, Health Workers Trained on Response to GBV, others

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As part of efforts to reduce the challenge brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic, the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) under the CSOE Project, organized workshop for 50 Community leaders in Abeokuta South and Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Areas to harmonize their action plan on how to mitigate the negative impacts of COVID 19 in our communities. 

Also, had step down training to 33 health workers on how to improve clients' and residents' access to health information and services in the 3 intervention LGAs-Abeokuta South, Sagamu and Ado-Odo/Ota LGAs.

Just as it launched a unique USSD CODE called " Text4life" where residents can report cases of Gender-Based Violence, medical emergencies and other health issues to facilities for prompt intervention by professionals.

Speaking at the workshop held in Abeokuta and Ota respectively, the Focal Person, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), Mrs. Omotayo Adeyemo said that Smart Android phones had been distributed to the trained Health workers in 33 facilities of the supported LGAs Abeokuta South, Sagamu and Ado-Odo Ota, explaining that it would allow them receive bookings and document clients and patients in need of care right from their homes.

Adeyemo stated that the objective of the workshop was to train and sensitize community leaders, as well as other residents on how to address issues of Gender-Based Violence, Family Planning, Adolescents and Youth Sexual and  Reproductive Health amongst others, emphasising that it would afford them offer supportive care pending the arrival of professional interventions.

She explained further that the USSD code is easy and available to residents of supported LGAs, noting that it is free, user- friendly and would not require the use of a smart phone to access it.

" It is just like the normal USSD we use for our bank transfer. You are not required to have credit on your phone before you use the service and it is very easy to understand and use. All that is needed is to dial *347*161# and you will be connected to a health workers at the closest Primary Health Center closest to you" she explained.

Adeyemo who called on government and other  development partners as well individuals and corporate organisations for support to other LGAs, added that the UNFPA in collaboration with PPFN had in recent time distributed Personal Protection Equipment and other consumables to PHCs to enhance service delivery.

Participants, Olufunmilayo Ajisafa and Mathew Ayinde- Dada on behalf of other participants who appreciated the UNFPA said that the training had equipped them on how to better respond to GBV as well as how to communicate effectively with other community members including adolescents, promising to make use of knowledge gained to increase health awareness of residents in their various localities.

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