Maternal health photo exhibition begins in Abuja

Maternal health photo exhibition begins in Abuja
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By Abujah Racheal
A photo exhibition to highlight to amplify maternal health interventions in saving women’s lives is scheduled to begin in Abuja on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The exhibition by a network of journalism professionals would be held outdoors, while the virtual version also comes up the same day.

solution -focused photo exhibition will begin in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Ventures Park in Abuja.

Mr Chibuike Alagboso, a 2019 fellow of the Solutions Journalism Network, USA, said that the exhibition would showcase solutions that made positive impact on the lives of women.

Alagboso, who work for a health communication and advocacy organisation, said the exhibition would highlight solutions that were improving maternal health interventions which was one of his organisation’s focus areas.

“News about Nigeria’s poor maternal health indices is well known. Various stories have been written about the women that have lost their lives while giving birth.

“This is not acceptable and people with the power to change the status quo must continue to be held accountable to do more in improving maternal outcomes.

“It is also important to tell the stories of people who are working hard to improve the situation,” he said.

Mrs Ruona Meyer, Africa Initiative Manager of the Solutions Journalism Network, said the exhibition had received submissions from photojournalists from Nigeria, Ghana, United States, and Germany.

She said that it was important to be inclusive while covering women issues by media practitioners.

“The most commonly marginalised population, in society and in news reportage is often women. Sometimes, this is not intentional, but it can definitely be unlearned, because it comes at a great socioeconomic and even mortal cost to women.

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“The spirit with which the Solutions Journalism Network was set up and operates is to advocate for a more inclusive, wholesome version of the news.

Also speaking, Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu, Nigeria Health Watch’s Managing Director, believes this was timely because it was a first of its kind photo exhibition in the country aiming to heighten awareness about maternal health.

“It is time we had these discussions beyond the health sector and time we start asking questions, why are women still dying, just because they want to live,” she said.

NAN reports that the organizers said attendance to both the physical and virtual exhibition is free after registration on www.bit.ly/posdeviants and www.bit.ly/virtualpdex.

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