Social Mobilization Committee Meeting

On 3rd November 2023 one-day stakeholders, meeting on social mobilization was held at FCT PHCB Conference Hall Abuja. The meeting aimed to sensitize Social Mobilization Committee (SMC) members about the upcoming Outbreak Response (OBR) scheduled from 11th to 15th November. In a recent meeting led by the Director of Primary Health Care, stakeholders gathered to discuss and plan the upcoming Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Week (MNCHW) and Outbreak Response (OBR) scheduled from 11th to 15th November.

 Meeting Objectives:

The primary objectives were clear – sensitize SMC members on the impending OBR, identify roles and responsibilities during MNCHW, and secure commitment for effective collaboration.

Social Mobilization Activities:

Participants highlighted the importance of social mobilization, especially in ongoing campaigns such as the Insecticide-Treated Net (ITN) initiative in Adamawa. Planned activities included leveraging social media for malaria discussions and Positive Behavior Support (PBS) supervision.

Stages of MNCHW:

A well-defined roadmap for MNCHW implementation was presented, spanning pre-implementation activities like advocacy and resource mobilization, the implementation phase involving social mobilization and monitoring, and finally, post-implementation steps such as data analysis and evaluation.

Implementation Strategies:

The strategy involved deploying fixed posts, house-to-house teams, and special teams. Additionally, a call to action was made to combat a Polio outbreak, emphasizing disseminating accurate information, preventing misinformation, and seeking political support.

Roles of SMC in MNCHW:

SMC members were entrusted with pivotal roles, including community advocacy, endorsement of Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials, and dissemination of key messages during public events in challenging areas.


Despite the meticulous planning, challenges such as recurrent insecurity in certain Local Government Areas (LGAs), fuel subsidy removal affecting transportation, and ongoing strikes impacting productivity were acknowledged.

Partners’ Updates:

Several partners, including the National Orientation Agency, Christian Association of Nigeria, Silver Lining For the Needy Initiative (SLNI), and NTA, pledged support through mobilization, awareness creation, and media dissemination.

Upcoming Services for MNCHW and OBR:

A diverse range of services were outlined, including health education, Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT), nutritional assessment, immunization, de-worming, vitamin A supplementation, Antenatal Care (ANC), HIV counseling, birth registration, and malaria testing and treatment.

 In conclusion, the meeting set the stage for a collaborative and well-coordinated effort to address maternal, newborn, and child health challenges. The comprehensive approach, coupled with active involvement from various partners, reflects a commitment to improving healthcare outcomes in the community. As the scheduled events unfold, the focus will undoubtedly be on optimizing care for mothers and children, thereby contributing to the community’s overall well-being.


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Silver Lining For the Needy Initiative (SLNI) is an NGO in special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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