Nigeria has one of the severest infant mortality rates linked to death from the symptoms of Diarrhoea in the world. As part of a cluster of activities to address these problems, Save the Children Nigeria is mobilising children as activities in their communities. Since January 2o16 and in 40 school health clubs in Shomolu district, Lagos, children are learning twelve messages and sets of activities based around four topics:
- Hygiene and sanitation;
Each of the messages is linked to a part of the WHO 7-point diarrhoea prevention and control plan. Each school has a set of ZuZu and ZaZa parrots to help them!
Children for Health is working alongside the Save the Children to design the curriculum for the clubs, to design training for the facilitators, to design Master Training and to help with the monitoring and evaluation.
Children for Health was also involved in creating the story of ‘Bayo’s Journey: To Save Lola from Diarrhoea’ in the form of a ‘Speaking Book’.
The first signs are that the schools and the children are enthusiastic and actively promoting the messages and activities in their classes and communities. The clubs are full with parents keen for the children to join up and become leaders.
Children for Health is also involved in training and re-purposing the three sets of materials for a similar Save the Children Programme in India with Children’s Health and Hygiene Clubs.