Communication for Development (C4D)
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Nigeria is Polio free for more than two years, whoever the country is currently affected by wide spreading cVDPV2 outbreak in 8 northern states.
with the great strides made by Nigeria in the polio eradication drive, the Government of Nigeria is intensifying its efforts to ensure that the outbreak is contained and gains are sustained and it ultimately receives certification as a polio-free nation.
As a key partner in the effort to achieve this, UNICEF has the lead role in communicating to families and communities about the importance of taking the oral polio vaccine to prevent polio.
Beyond this, there is a push for integrating other child survival issues and messages in the basket of behaviours being promoted by the enlarged partnership working on the Polio Endgame.
Key additional areas of engagement include full immunization for the child, promoting Ante-natal care as an entry point to proper health-seeking among pregnant women, Hand washing at critical times, management of basis childhood illnesses and delivery by skilled birth attendants.
UNICEF is currently consolidating its human resource capacity in 8 of the high-risk states of the country where polio were endemic and risk of importation is there and high probability of vaccine derived polio virus.
Over 16000 volunteer community mobilizers, volunteer ward supervisors, Polio Survivors, LGA social mobilization supervisors and state social mobilization supervisors have recently been hired to support intensified communications activities in the field.
Major Tasks to be accomplished: