In line with their resolve of reducing unhealthy living within the family, Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-initiative (FEYReP) in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), On Tuesday, June 25th, organized a one-day Community Engagement and Capacity Building Workshop for Integrated Reproductive Health and Family Planning.
The exercise which took place at the Divine Children’s Home, Atan-Offot, attracted family heads, village heads, women and youth leaders, faith-based organizations and, community leaders across the three senatorial districts of the state as participants.
Speaking on the essence of the program, the Coordinator of FEYReP, Mrs. Ime Inyang, said the sensitization campaign aims at raising awareness on reproductive health and family planning among families.
FEYReP’s representative further stated that to achieve the desired results, They decided to collaborate with Primary Health Service Providers, Traditional institutions, Youth-led organizations, women groups, and faith-based organizations to help amplify the message at the grassroots. Mrs Ime Inyang said the campaign is one of the many avenues of FEYReP to promote a healthy family through innovative alliances. Also speaking at the workshop, Mrs. Veronica Inyang, a nurse who served as one of the resource persons, asserted that the program has helped sensitize rural women and men on vital issues regarding reproductive health and family planning.
While expressing optimism that the exercise would yield the desired results at the grassroots, she appreciated FEYReP for putting up the event for the benefit of the society.
Lending his support, the Paramount Ruler of Etim Ekpo LGA, His Royal Majesty, Professor Amanam Udo, while speaking with the Press, said that the awareness program was a commendable one, noting that he was one of the leading voices of the campaign years back.
The event which saw the participants divided into clusters for a question and answer segment also featured an interactive session where vital reproductive issues were discussed.
A cross-section of participants who spoke expressed satisfaction with the information received and thanked FEYReP for partnering UNFPA to bring the campaign closer to them.