Driven by the needs to enlightening the general public towards understanding the advantages of childbirth spacing for sustainable socio-economic development.
The Challenge Initiative, Nigeria in collaboration with Development Communication Network, ( DevComm ) organised 3-day training of media personnel, social media influencers and MDA’s officials on Media Advocacy for Childbirth spacing held in Kano.
Nigeria’s population continues to increase rapidly with no commensurate development in health care service delivery. With a current estimated population of 186 million and an annual growth rate of about 2.5%, Nigeria’s huge population, fuelled by high birth rate without good family planning, can be a huge burden with resultant poor health indices such as high maternal and infant deaths. Nigeria’s maternal and child deaths is one of the highest in the world.
Development Communications Network, DEVCOMS, and MacArthur Foundation have charged the media to increase the awareness and education of the public on the state of maternal deaths in the country by organizing a sensitization briefing between journalist and civil societies organization, CSOs recently.
The briefing which is part of the Immersion Project had selected journalists meeting with and discussing with CSOs to further the course of eradicating preventable maternal deaths as well as demanding accountablility from government and other policy makers in Nigeria.
Lagos July 2016 - Nigeria records one of the poorest maternal mortality rates in the world according to the National Demographic Health Survey, NDHS 2013. Our population continues to increase rapidly with disproportionate development in health care service delivery.
With a current estimated population of 186 million and an annual growth rate of about 2.5%, Nigeria’s huge population, fueled by high birth rate without good family planning, can be a huge burden with resultant poor health indices such as high maternal and infant deaths.
Media Market Survey on Education Reporting in Lagos State
DevComs Network was contracted by DEEPEN to assess Current Media Practices as regards education reporting. The study aims to understand how the media market can work for the poor - giving them quality information to make informed choices in a sustainable way. The survey is ongoing and will span 31 working days.
Development Communications Network (DevComs) introduces 'Bridging the Gap: Media, Community, and CSOs for Accountability and Demand for Quality Maternal Health Services in Nigeria', a project which is aimed at facilitating the partnership between media professionals and civil society groups to collectively demand accountability in maternal health delivery.
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Development Communications Network under its just concluded Journalism Development Programme (JDP 2) has rewarded seven outstanding and committed journalists with certificates of recognition and reporting gifts during the JDP 2013 Award presentation ceremony.
Journalism Development Programme 2 is a one year project on education reporting, supported by Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) and aimed at developing the media capacity to bring all education stakeholders to the appreciation of and action towards quality education in Nigeria.
Gentlemen of the press and distinguished ladies and gentlemen! It is with a deep sense of appreciation that I, on behalf of Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS), welcome you to this award presentation to worthy Nigerian journalists for the recognition of excellence and commitment to quality reportage and penmanship in Nigeria: The journalism Development Programme Award of Recognition in the education sector.
Journalism Development Programme (JDP) was implemented by Development Communications (DevComs) Network with the support of Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) having identified Education as public trust and communication an important component for a re-branded education sector.
DEVCOMS has been responsible for Media Advocacy on NURHI Project. We engaged in series of activities to secure buy-in and regular usage of Family Planning reportage and stories in the media. These include advocacy visits to media owners and managers in project sites, sensitization workshops and capacity building for journalists. We also organized media appearances from time to time to commemorate key National days (e.g. World Population Day, MNCH Week, Safe Motherhood etc) as well as for stakeholders such as prominent religious leaders and elected representatives who publicly declared their support for Family Planning.
Associated EJN Network and Digital Reporting Tools for Effective Environment Journalism’ is a Journalism Development Programme aimed at building the capacity of environment journalists and facilitating the formation of ‘Network of Environmental Journalists in Nigeria”. The network is intended to build capacity of journalists, mentor young reporters, and provide linkage for members where necessary.
1. To increase the knowledge of environment journalists on the use of digital tools to map the environment
No fewer than 23 media houses in Zaria, Ibadan, Kaduna, Ilorin, Abuja and Benin have been visited during the Family Planning Media Advocacy visits embarked upon recently by Development Communications Network (DevComs) and Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI).
The visits were aimed at strengthening partnership with the media in order to give more attention to issues relating to family planning and using the media as a medium to deepen and increase public understanding of family planning services and commodities.