By Kemi Akintokun
Some Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in Lagos have commended Alive and Thrive, an NGO, for its Maternal Infants and Young Child Nutrition (MYICN) project.
The organisations gave the commendation separately during a media visit organised by Alive and Thrive to CBOs on its MYICN project.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alive and Thrive in 2022 inaugurated the Maternal Infants and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) Project in seven states in the country to scale up access to nutrition.
The organisation is partnering CBOs to implement the MYICN project in communities across the country.
Mr Hassan Yussuf, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of Champagne Foundation, said the MYICN project had helped the foundation to improve the nutritional status of people in communities.
Yussuf said that the foundation which focused on orphans, vulnerable children and pregnant women had been able to link more vulnerable pregnant women with Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs).
“The Alive and Thrive MYICN project has helped us to improve nutritional status and boost the nutritional needs of vulnerable children with engaged in the communities.
“Initially we noticed that some women prefer to go to traditional birth healers to take their delivery but with the MYICN project, we have been able to link more women to the various PHCs,” he said.
Also, Dr Cassandra Akinde, the Executive Director of The Neo Child Initiative (TNCI), said the organisation’s partnership with Alive and Thrive MYICN project had yielded positive results in the area of visibility.
Akinde said the organisation was currently implementing the MYICN projects In Epe and Shomolu local governments in Lagos state.
“We started the MYICN partnership with Alive and Thrive in 2022 and it has been fruitful in terms of visibility and community presences in Lagos.
“We no longer target children alone but we also targeting family members, healthcare workers, community leaders in the area of capacity building.
“We have implemented the MYICN project in Epe and Shomolu LGAs and we intend to extend it to Ibeju Lekki, Kosefe and Ikorodu next,” she said.
Omolayo Ogunyemi, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of Good Women Association, in her own view said the MYICN project had helped the organisation to engage more adolescents and vulnerable girls.
Ogunyemi said the organisation would continue to leverage on the partnership with Alive and Thrive to make life meaningful for young girls.
“Our partnership with Alive and Thrive has given the organisation more platform to advocate for the girl child.
“We have implemented the MYICN project in seven PHCs in Apapa LGA and 11 PHCs on Lagos Island presently,” she said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Vivian Ihechu