UNICEF, has launched the Child Friendly Community Initiative, CFCI, in 15 state including Taraba state.
The programme focus on grassroots is aim at equipping societies with the required knowledge to make the right decision for children.
Speaking in the inaugural meeting at the state capital, Jalingo, Bhanu Pathak, Chief Field Officer of UNICEF in Bauchi Field Office expressed dismay over non attitudinal change in many societies where various intervention exist.
We are doing various intervention in health, nutrition, WASH, child protection among others but despite all we have done and funds spent, we could not see the result on what is the outcome on a child. He said.
“This may be due to lack of knowledge or some other causes, and that is why this initiative was devised in 2019 to make communities own some of this initiative for the benefit of children.
“We will start with this one in 15 states and Taraba is one of the five states under the Bauchi Field office. ”
“The knowledge transfer approach in select communities will incorporate WASH, Nutrition, Child protection, routine immunization and others so we can see results.”
The Chairman of Taraba State Planning Commission, Mafindi Helkina stated that about 80% of children are from developing countries, he further charged other Non Governmental Organizations to emulate the step by UNICEF to support children in this countries.
The Secretary to Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Aminu Jauro, pledges the support of his agency to the initiatives