Check out the Niger State "SAVE" campaign in pictures and read detailed report below:
Picture 1 and 2 features children supporting the SAVE campaign in Minna. Picture 3, 4 and 5 are for the women session comprising of mothers, newly married and single ladies who are delighted to get involved in the SAVE project. Picture 6 is a picture featuring the "SAVE" coordinators in Niger State. Picture 7 is a picture taken at the Maternity Ward of General Hospital Minna and features some of the nurses, patients and women who are due for labour.
The Niger State SAVE team are continuing with the post-rally programs, according to Idris Usman, one of the SAVE coordinators in Niger State, "the Chief Medical Director of General Hospital in Minna & the Director Psychiatry Unit of Wuse General Hospital in Abuja are solidly behind us and wanna pressurize the Commissioner of Health in Minna to convince the Governor of Niger State to partner with SMI in implementing the SAVE projects in the State."
In Kwara State, from the 14-17 May 2010, the "SAVE" team held a very successful rally, which includes prayer sessions and processions.
The procession train moved through major streets at Ilorin to demonstrate the concerns of the Kwara citizens over the increasing deaths of women from treatable pregnancy complications in Africa. Alao Ladi, the state coordinator of the "SAVE" campaign delivered a speech in which he called on the Kwara State government to take an immediate action to eradicate maternal deaths in the state. Click here to read the full text of the speech
According to Mr. Ladi, "indeed today marked one of my happiest days in life. Words are infact not enough to explain how much success we have achieved today. We took off from College of Nursing - to Emir's Palace - to two different Markets - to Maternity Wing of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital - to Kwara State Government House to our major sponsor (7Up bottling Company) and back to our temporary office (Cardillac Place, 13 Stadium Road, Ilorin). Today I am glad to say that, in Kwara State we have created tremendous awareness of the aim and objective of Sweet Mother International. In fact, right from when we were still going round, we received a number of phone calls inquiring more about the project. We are indeed very delighted that God has done it in Kwara and by His grace, He will continue to do it for us."
In addition to the procession, prayers were also held in churches and mosques to plead for God's mercies upon women in Africa; particularly, to pray for safe delivery of pregnant women and to ask for God's divine intervention in eradicating avoidable maternal deaths in Africa.
The procession and prayer sessions were extremely successful and received massive community support - pictures below:
Goal one and two of the Sweet Mother International "SAVE" campaign are:
1. To organize rallies, media campaigns, TV Talk Shows in order to highlight the plight of women in Africa, particularly, the avoidable deaths of women from treatable pregnancy complications.
2. To call on governments and stakeholders to intervene in reducing maternal mortality rates in Africa; particularly, to call on African governments to provide free obstetrics care for women.
To achieve this objectives, with the full entourage of the Nigerian Police, Area F, the "SAVE" team in Lagos lead a procession from Ikeja Local Government office, parading all through Ikeja market to the Governor and the Commissioner for Women Affairs Offices.
The procession receive an overwhelming public and media support; particularly, the Lagos State Television Channel 8 provided media interviews and aired the campaign on prime time.
According to Ateboh Abiola, the "SAVE" campaign Chairperson in Lagos, "we were full supported by the public and all vehicles were being subjected to only one lane by the police, people really appreciate the logo (SWEET MOTHER INTERNATIONAL), and we witnessed a lot of heads nodding and appreciative facial expressions, some collected our contacts numbers and thanked the organizers of the "SAVE" campaign. From Alade market, we went to LTV 8, Alausa Ikeja, where they were so eager to televise the programme and the rally. From there, we went to the government offices , where we met with government representatives and told them of our mission. They showed much interest in the "SAVE" campaign and have scheduled meetings with us for further discussions. We really thank the Almighty Father for allowing this rally to come to reality and we are confident that an immediate action will be taken by the government to eradicate maternal deaths in Lagos State".
Thanks to the Nigerian Police, the media, women and men of Lagos State , and all supporters and coordinators who devoted their time and energy in making this rally a reality in Lagos state, Nigeria.
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