MDGs: Hurdles On The Path Of Reproductive Health

This is so important and can’t be overemphasized. We need to provide enough for the future. How do we do that when there are so many unwanted kids and when young people keep migrating to urban areas and leave farming. Who’s going to provide the food for this growth in population. Which is why so many futuristic movies show us lacking food. I believe its going to be a major problem if steps aren’t taken.

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JUST when other countries are counting their gains of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in maternal and child-health, that of Nigeria is getting even worse due to Federal Government’s indifference to the programme.

Barely 400 days to the end of the MDGs’ 15-year action plan, serious threats lie in the way of the little gains nation recorded in reducing maternal and child deaths.

Indeed, practitioners in the field are already having sleepless nights, meeting behind the scene, talking in hush tones, quivering at possibilities, shaking in disbelief and resigning to silent prayers for divine intervention. And unless it happens, the entire country will be in dire straits.

Fillers show that major international donor agencies are threatening to scale down support for reproductive health in 2015. The agencies have in the last 14 years, not only driven the maternal and reproductive health intervention in the country, they have more or less funded…

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My VSO-ICS experience

VSO means Voluntary Service Overseas. It is an international development organisation founded in 19 and they have been working in Nigeria since. They run a programme called International Citizen Service (ICS) which is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The programme brings together UK volunteers and In-country volunteers to work on a particular. project for 3 months. Applying to be a volunteer for the programme happened weirdly. I saw it about a month before the deadline but forgot all about it till a few days before the deadline. I wasn’t sure it wouldn’t clash with my internship period but I decided to try though. It was a rush filling it during a slow day at work and I had to stay back on the deadline day to scan it in. After submitting it just in time for the deadline I realized  that I had left a particular section blank. I was apprehensive about notifying them but for my mother and my fear of failure and regrets. I did that and they were lenient enough to allow me submit that part. I remember how jittery I felt during the interview over the phone. It was at work and I had to go into the bathroom just to get enough quiet. But the interviewers were fun and made me feel oh so comfortable. Seeing the congratulatory email made it real for me and I started getting scared. I would have to take a leave of absence from work to go for the pre placement training in a city I had never been to. I also then realized that if I took the 3-month opportunity I wouldn’t be able to make my youth service batch and the rumors flying around were that I would have to wait 6 months before I could be re mobilized. Skepticism set in but then it’s me, I love adventure and new experiences and I thought; oh well it’s an all expense paid trip and a chance to finally see Abuja. I went to Abuja and it was an exciting experience, the new volunteers and the returned volunteers and staffs of VSO were so inspiring and motivating. The project was about youth participation in governance and we were going to be the pioneer team in Ikorodu running it and ensuring a sustainable foundation for other cycles to build on. The training programme was different from what I was used to but at the same time very engaging and creative. I decided on the final day of the training that I was going to do this. I was losing 6 months but I did not care because I could see the need for the project. When I was younger, I always wanted to do development work but time and tides changed that. After the training I felt re inspired and I knew that if I did not do this I would always regret the road not travelled. I also wanted to see firsthand if change was possible and be a part of it. My expectations in joining the program were not totally selfless. I also saw it as a way to get valuable skills and work within a cross-cultural team. I also saw this as a chance to finally see if the life of a development worker was for me. I wasn’t going to get paid and the allowance was a fifth of what I would usually spend but as my sister said “put your money where your mouth is”. During the in-country orientation with the UK volunteers, I was really looking forward to my time but also had so many questions. How would it be living in a host home? the host family would be another tribe but did it matter? Would I cope with the food seeing as I am a picky eater. How can I live on the allowance?( I had promised myself I would only take a bank card with a very small fixed amount of money). How would it be without my family who I had never been away from for up to a month at a time? So many questions were running through my head………

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A female perspective: Review of Americanah by Jennifer Ihebunachi

Review by a Never-been-to-America female Nigerian.

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Americanah for me had a lot of themes. I identified with Ifemelu. As a young girl she was a lot idealistic and I admired her uniqueness which is really what happens when we are young but after all her travails in the USA, a bout with depression, living the “American dream” like a romance novel where she met a rich white guy who I feel she left too much to. She lost a lot of her values and became a sellout in my opinion. She became really successful though. What I like about ifemelu though is that she never loses her self awareness and its for this reason that she realises she needs to go back to her country.

Even though she is hypocritical, judgmental and becomes a bit of an educated snob, she is a real person whose flaws are real just like we all are but also has…

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Religion in Nigeria: A comparative analysis of UK & Nigerian attitudes towards religion.

This is written by a friend on the ICS programme with me and although its a good one I do disagree with the “persecuted minority”. Wole Soyinka is a well respected atheist. And most Christians understand that the creation story is a lot more complicated and figuritative than portrayed in the bible.

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Over the course of the past two weeks I have been met with a number of clear and distinct realities whilst adjusting to life outside of the UK. The weather is hot, the customs are foreign to me, infrastructure and daily necessities such as access to reliable electricity are scarce. However, it would be crude to present a solely negative image of Nigerian life. It is clear that the people are much more hospitable, their relaxed attitudes toward daily life a paradox to the rushed UK life styles we lead. They value family and community, elders are treated with utmost respect, and the food is completely alien to the British pallet. Ultimately, UK and Nigerian lifestyles differ at every conceivable angle and can be expressed profoundly in our different attitudes towards religion.
Since my in country orientation it is obvious that Nigerians are an intrinsically religious people. This affirmation was…

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A YOUTH’S VIEW ON GOVERNMENT

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LEADERSHIP.

      In my definition, leadership is the opportunity to serve. I for one do not envy those in the position because it comes with so many responsibilities and I would rather be served than serve. However, those in the position, according to our democratic dispensation, are the people WE elected there to work for us as well as represent us. In other words they are supposed to be our brothers, neighbours and friends.

      The afore mentioned people as brothers, neighbours and friends are supposed to be the ones we can talk to and tell our problems, they are NOT supposed to be strangers to us but in the case of the Nigerian Government it is the latter. 

      How many of our youth know the name of their local Government Chairperson? Even if they did now them can they approach them? 

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I finally decided to get off my butt and actually publish something. I don’t really know what to say except that am going to try my best to be a faithful blogger even if I hv nothing to say yet. So please stick with me. Joyce Meyer says “if you want to see your potential developed to its fullest, don’t wait till everything is perfect. Also the bible says “whatever your hands find to do do it with all your might.”
Xoxo
Jennifer.
P.s- am a pharmacist so if you have any health questions don’t hesitate to drop a comment.

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