POST ABORTION CARE NETWORK (PAC-NET) HOLDS ADVOCACY AT SCHOOL OF NURSING NKPOR

The youth wing of South-east Post Abortion Care Network (PAC-Net) recently held reproductive health advocacy lectures at the school of Nursing & Midwifery Nkpor in Anambra State  Nigeria. Three lecture presentations were made titled- Overview of Reproductive Health Sexual and Reproductive Right, Unsafe Abortion; magnitude of the problem, both delivered by Prof Brian Adinma Co-ordinator of PAC-Net; and Youth Reproductive Health and Rights, delivered by Miss Onyinye Obiakor, Youth Wing Co-ordinator of Southeast PAC-Net.The lectures were attended by more than 300 students drawn from School of Nursing and Midwifery Nkpor. The presentations covered the components of Reproductive Health together with its life cycle approach. Womens Sexual and Reproductive Rights were also discussed together with their components, areas of abuse of Nigerian Women and recommended measures for their amelioration. Unsafe Abortion was also defined together with the magnitude of the problem, factors influencing unsafe abortion, and the role of health professionals in the combat of unsafe abortion. The reproductive rights of the youth and the adolescents were explained together with the expectations and responsibilities of health professionals in the promotion of the reproductive health and rights of the youths.In an earlier interaction with the students, Prof. Adinma had explained the structure and functions of PAC-Net as a philanthropic non-governmental organization with the primary role of promoting, upholding and protecting the sexual and reproductive rights of women. In attendance at this interactive meeting were the principals of School of Nursing - Mrs Ezekegbu and that of School of Midwifery  Mrs Ezenwa. Both principals had expressed their desire for the delivery of these lectures to their students; the topics of which they had submitted are contained in the curriculum of both the school of Nursing and that of Midwifery.Vote of thanks was delivered at the end of lectures by the schools PAC-Net representative - Mr. Emma Akosa

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IPAS TRAINS YOUTH PAC-NET ON PROPOSAL WRITTING AND ADVOCACY SKILLS AND TOOLS

Twenty five members of the youth wing of  Post Abortion Care Network (PAC-NET) recently participated in a training workshop on proposal writing and advocacy skills and tools, conducted by IPAS Nigeria. This training which was carried out at Convaj Hotel Nnewi had participants drawn from Anambra and Imo State branches of PAC-NET Youth Wing and was anchored by Miss. Bibian Amah and Mr. Chuddy Ene of IPAS Nigeria. The training was essentially to strengthen the capacity of the PAC-NET Youth Members towards the effective conduct of two main thematic foci of PAC-NET viz Advocacy and Research.The workshop which was highly interactive involved lecture presentations and demonstrations that adequately provided the needed information on proposal writing skills as well as effective advocacy skills and tools for the participantsThe one day training ended in an optimistic note for the PAC-NET Youth wing coordinator, Mr. Chukwuebuka Okonkwo who expressed the happiness of their members at the training while pledging their commitment towards an effective utilization of their newly acquired skills to reach out to funding agencies for research grants and to their peers for advocacy and sensitization on various aspects of youth and adolescent reproductive health.In his speech, the  PAC-NET Coordinator Prof. Brian Adinma congratulated the participants at this vital training while expressing his gratitude to IPAS for their thoughtfulness towards empowering the members of PAC-NET Youth Wing on the skills and tools for self reliance in their work as PAC-NET members.Present at the training workshop were the executive members of PAC-NET, the coordinator of Imo State Youth Wing PAC-NET Mr Chibuike Njoku and other members drawn from both Anambra and Imo State branches of the network 

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PAC-NET PARTNERS WITH SOCIETY FOR FAMILY HEALTH TO TRAIN HEALTH WORKERS ON WOMEN-CENTRE POST ABORTION CARE (WC-PAC), AND USE OF MANUAL VACCUM ASPIRATOR

South East PAC-Net received support from Society for Family Health to train a total of sixty health workers  Doctors and Nurses on WC-PAC and use of MVA. Fifteen health workers were trained from each of the four zones of SFH under its Women Health Project, the zones include Benin, Enugu, Owerri and Calabar. The training had a quarterly mentoring component where by the trained health workers were visited on a quarterly basis over a period of twelve months for appropriated supportive supervision. Training on Women-Center Post Abortion care builds the capacity of the health workers towards the combat of maternal of maternal mortality and morbidity from abortion related causes. Doctors and Nurse-middle level providers expose to this training expressed delight and satisfaction, pledging to make gainful use of the skills required

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PAC-Net 3RD BIENNIAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE TURNS OUT A HUGE SUCCESS

Enugu the capital City of Enugu State, South-eastern Nigeria, played host to the joint 9th AGM & 3rd Biennial Conference of PAC-Net. The meeting which was held at Modotels G.R.A. was attended by members drawn from the PAC-Net constituent States of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States, all totalling no fewer than 200. The biennial conference proper was preceded by am AGM held on the evening of 6th Dec 2012, attended by delegates and members. Members deliberated on issues of importance bordering on the thematic areas of the organisation - Advocacy, Clinical Services, Training and Research. The 3rd biennial conference was also conclusively deliberated upon. The 3rd biennial conference/Award Nite took place on the 7th Dec 2012 under the distinguish chairmanship of Emeritus Professor Festus A. Nwakor, former Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and past president of West African College of Surgeons. The conference was declared open by Dr. Fedelia Ugwu, Honourable Commissioner of Health for Enugu State Nigeria, who in her address exhaled the commitment and effort of PAC-Net towards the upliftment of maternal and Child Health and indeed reproductive health in general in South-eastern Nigeria.PAC-Net, which the honourable Commissioner described as Small but Mighty Organisation, has been carrying out reproductive health activities that are in consonant with the health care thrust of Enugu State.Highlight of the conference was the Symposium tailored after the Theme of the Conference- Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safe in Nigeria. Three eminent presenters spoke at the symposium - Dr. H.U Ezegwui, who spoke on Overview of Safe Motherhood in Nigeria; Prof Nonye Aniebue who spoke on Safety-net to Maternal Mortality Reduction in Nigeria; and Prof Kunle Obidike, whose Presentation was titled Pregnancy Care and its effect on the Child. Several other Scientific Presentations were made by distinguished researchers at the conference at different plenary sections. Marie Stopes Nigeria also made a presentation concerning its activities under Blue Star Network.The Dinner/Award Nite which was equally attended by members and invited dignitaries and well wishers was held in the evening to crown the event of the day. It was a memorable evening of wining, dining and dancing. Highlight which was a presentations of Awards to two distinguish benefactors, Obstetrics/Gynaecologists Dr. Jude Okorue of Gynaescope Fertility Centre Port Harcourt for his achievement in assisted reproduction, and Dr. K Monago of Kandudi Specialist Hospital for his exemplary success in Community Obstetrics Practice. 

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IPAS PARTNERS WITH PAC-NET AND NAUTH TO TRAIN HOUSE OFFICERS ON PAC AND THE USE OF MANUAL VACCUM ASPIRATOR

Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Theatre-complex hall was the venue of the training on PAC and the use of Manual Vaccum Aspirator. Conducted for the 2014/2015 Batch of House officers at NAUTH. A total of one hundred and fourteen (114) internship doctors participated in the training aimed at building their capacity towards this important high-impact obstetrics intervention targeted at reducing maternal mortality from Abortion and its complication. Four facilitators impacted these skills to the young interns  Prof. Brian D Adinma, the lead trainers and coordinators of  PAC-Net and Drs.EbelechukwuAnugwu, Obi Nwosu and Joe Ugbaja. The training expose the interns towards PAC and use of MVA which they were expected to continue practising for the remaining part of their internship programme thereby achieving considerable mastery of the practice which they are expected to employ during their youth service corps programme. At the end of the training each participants acquired an MVA Kits in addition to a certificate of participation.

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PAC-Net CONDUCTS TRAINING WORKING ON WOMEN CENTERED PAC FOR DOCTORS AT NAUTH

A total of 102 doctors benefited from a 2-day back to back training on women Centered post abortion Care (WC-PAC) conducted at NAUTH by Southeast PAC-Net in collaboration with the of department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of NAUTH. The training is in furtherance of the departmental policy stipulating the compulsory capacity building of pre-registration house officers on Women Centered Post Abortion Care and use of manual vacuum aspiratorThe training workshop consists of didactic lectures, video presentations and clinical demonstrations, all covering reproductive health issues related to PAC services – PAC Family Planning, dismantling and re-assembling of MVA equipment as well as its application on pelvic model, and instrument processing. Each participants at the end of the training acquired an MVA kit to enable them continue the utilization of the equipment. 

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PAC-Net COLLABORATES WITH UMUADA IGBO: ENLIGHTENS RURAL WOMEN ON SAFE MOTHERHOOD AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

 PAC-Net COLLABORATES WITH UMUADA IGBO: ENLIGHTENS RURAL WOMEN ON SAFE MOTHERHOOD AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS Emphasizes Antenatal Care and Delivery in Orthodox Health Facilities.Safe motherhood remains the key to effective reduction of maternal and child mortality. This was the basis for the enlightenment program conducted by  PAC-Net in collaboration with Umuada Igbo, a non-governmental organization of Igbo-speaking women in Nigeria and the Diaspora, for rural women in various communities in Anambra State of Nigeria.Three communities in Anambra State - Ekwuluobia, Amawbia and Awkuzu benefited from these reproductive health rallies sponsored by IPAS Nigeria. The key resource person to these rallies, Prof. J.I.B. Adinma gave an overview of reproductive health, enlightening the women on infertility, good antenatal care with clean delivery, child immunization and family planning.He also spoke on the signs and symptoms of menopause as well as sex selection. In her lecture, Barrister Mrs. Ayogu enlightened the rural women on several aspect of reproductive right including the need for them to have their marriages registered with the marriage registry so as to facilitate their rights to inheritance of their family properties. She also spoke extensively on the problems of rape and ravages of unsafe abortion. IPAS representative Saraphina Ojimaduka also spoke on the work of IPAS Nigeria in various parts of Nigeria. She joined in advising women to change their health-seeking behavior, avoiding quacks and patronizing orthodox health facilities for all their reproductive health problems. The rallies were very interactive, the women being encouraged to comment freely and ask questions on all aspect of reproductive health care that are confounding to them. 

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YOUTH WING PAC-Net HOLDS ITS 4TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

YOUTH WING SE-PAC-Net HOLDS ITS 4TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING-Inaugurates new EXCO.The youth wing of Southeast Post Abortion Care Network (PAC-Net) recently held its 2012 general and scientific Advocacy meeting at Nnewi. The meeting which was attended by members and delegates from the 5 States of Southeast zone witnessed the sent-forth of the final year student-members and the induction of new members. In the guest lecture delivered by Dr. Emeka Ezeama, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at NAUTH Nnewi titled.Engaging the Youths for Organizational Growth. Dr. Ezeama x-rayed the characteristics and peculiarities of young persons, the prerequisite to effective leadership and their influence on national development. Youths, he said should be adequately empowered mentally and physically to meet up with the emerging challenges of globalization and sustainable development. The guest of honour on the occasion and the coordinator of PAC-Net Prof. J.I.B Adinma in his remarks explained what PAC-Net stands for and gave a historical account of the origin and progress of PAC-Net. He highlighted the thematic areas to include advocacy, research, clinical services and training. He further made it clear that PAC-Net stands for service and encourage the youth to remain selfless in their effort to promote the sexual and reproductive rights of women.Highlight of the occasion was the swearing in of the new EXCO members, the induction of new members and the presentation of gift and certificate to members of final year class of various disciplines. The new (2012/2013) key officers of the youth-wing PAC-Net include; Miss Onyinye Obiakor (Co-ordinator), Mr. Steve Ilione (Deputy co-ordinator), Miss Yvonne Obidiebube (Secretary), Miss Judith Egolum (Treasurer), Mr. Emmanuel Nebuwa, (Advocacy Co-ordinator), Mr. Samuel Okorie (Research Co-ordinator), Mr. Kenechukwu Maduekwe (PRO 1), and Mr. Ebuka Anaekwe (PRO II). In her speech following induction, the new PAC-Net (youth wing) Co-ordinator Miss Onyinye Obiakor, the first female coordinator of PAC-Net youth wing, pledged to serve with transparency and accountability and do her best towards moving he Network to a higher level. She enlisted the cooperation of both the parent PAC-Net and her fellows in the youth wing to enable a remarkable tenure. She further presented a cake which was cut and appreciated by many of the participants. Amongst important persons present at the occasion were Dr. Joseph Ugboaja consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist who represented the Anambra State PAC-Net Coordinator Dr. L. Ikeakor, Dr Louis Nwajiaku, Miss Chioma Osuji, P.R.O Anambra PAC-Net in addition to Prof. Brian Adinma and Emeka Ezeama earlier mentioned

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IPAS/PAC-Net TRAIN 2012/2013 BATCHES OF HOUSE OFFICERS IN NAUTH ON WOMEN-CENTERED POST ABORTION CARE

IPAS/SE-PAC-Net TRAIN HOUSE OFFICERS IN NAUTH ON WOMEN-CENTERED POST ABORTION CAREA total of 125 medical doctors comprising of 108 house officers and 17 senior house officers from Obs/Gyn department of NAUTH participated in a recently completed (WC-PAC) 2-day training on women centered post abortion car conducted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi. The training partly sponsored by Ipas was conducted by  PAC-Net in collaboration with the Obs/Gyn department of NAUTH. The training was essentially aimed at building the capacity of the young health professionals towards the effective management of abortion-related complications, a direct medical cause of maternal mortality. It will be recalled that Nigeria has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world with an annual maternal death rate of approximately 60,000 women, representing 10% of the overall global mortality. The training schedule consisted of lectures on the magnitude of the problems of abortion; causes and complications of abortion; abortion laws in Nigeria; reproductive health, sexual and reproductive rights and also the use and processing of manual vacuum aspirator (MVA), practical sessions were carried out on dismantling and re-assembling of MVA equipment. Practical demonstrations were also carried out using pelvic model.The ceremony was declared open by Chief Medical Director of NAUTH Prof. Anthony Igwegbe, who was represented by the chairman Medical Advisory Committee Dr. Afiadigwe. In his speech at the ceremony, the CMD highlighted the importance of the training to the participants, the hospital and community at large and enjoined the house officers and senior house officers to put in their almost towards acquiring this important skill that will save the lives of many women, in a similar message of the head of the department of Obs/Gyn, Dr, Gerald Udigwe, the participants were urged to take the training serious as it was packaged to meet the demand of saving the lives of pregnant women with complications of abortion.Both speakers thanked Ipas for their support for this training which had been going on annually since 2007. The department of Obs/Gyn has made it a departmental policy to train all house officers passing through the department every year on PAC Services.In a vote of thanks, the representative of the trained doctors thanked Ipas,  PAC-Net and NAUTH for availing them the opportunity to receive the training which he acknowledged to be unique nouvelle.He promised that they will do their best towards bringing to bear on womens health, the benefit of their newly acquired knowledge of PAC and the use of MVA.Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of MVA Kit to each of the participants by the training co-ordinator, the PAC-Net co-ordinator, Prof, J.I.B Adinma

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PAC-NET HOLDS FREE MEDICAL OUTREACH- ENLIGHTENS THE PUBLIC ON COMMUNITY BASE HEALTH INSURANCE


PAC-Net in collaboration with Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) recently held free medical outreach programme in two local government areas of Anambra State- Idemili North and Nnewi North LGAs. The outreaches were conducted at Nkpor and Nnewi respectively. Adult and children with various ailments were seen and treated during the programm which paraded an array of healthcare professionals  Doctors, Nurses, Laboratory Technologies and Students most whom are members of the youth wing o PAC-Net. The Nnewi outreach was preceded by a courtesy visit to the Traditional Ruler, His Royal Highness Igwe Kenneth Orizu III, who gave his fatherly blessing to the outreach programme. The key message of the medical outreaches was advocacy to the client on Community Base Health Insurance Scheme (CBHS), which is one of the cardinal thrust of Federal Government towards achieving and improved and quality health for all under a universal National Health Insurance Scheme. The Nkpor outreach programme witnessed an advocacy public enlightenment on Community Health Insurance Scheme by the Anambra state direction of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Sir. Mike Agu. Apart from the public health talk, medical consultation, investigation and treatment, the attendees to the medical outreach also had lunch and everyone went home with a gift item.

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