Nigeria Health Watch Holds its Second Womanhood Art Gala

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Nigeria Health Watch has declared its plan to hold the second “Celebrating Womanhood Art Gala” that will take place in Abuja on March 24, 2023. The gala, with the theme “Elevating Women’s Voices for Quality Maternal Healthcare,” aims to promote maternal health initiatives and services that place a high value on the experiences and perspectives of women. The celebration of International Women’s Month includes this event.

Nigeria Health Watch is a non-profit health advocacy and communication organization that works to enhance Nigerians’ health. It collaborates with the government and other partners to develop and put into effect sound health policies and holds duty bearers accountable for providing Nigerians with access to cost-effective, high-quality healthcare.

Ihekweazu said, “Progress in ensuring that quality improvements are incorporated into maternal healthcare service delivery will be impossible unless women’s voices and experiences are heard when developing policies.”

The topic concedes how frequently the needs, perspectives, and experiences of women are neglected in the formulation and application of policies.

The art gala will advocate maternal health programmes and services that incorporate and centre women’s experiences and perspectives to improve the quality of maternal care.

The organization hosted its first “#HealthMeetsArt, Celebrating Womanhood Art Gala” in 2021. History has been preserved through art, which has also helped to shape culture, foster imagination, and promote personal and societal change. To address maternal health and other gender-related issues, the organization will use artistic expression to educate the public and inspire stakeholders to take action.

The gala will allow guests to participate both physically and virtually through the Nigeria Health Watch website and social media platforms, allowing art lovers and interested stakeholders from around the world to interact with the artwork. The art gala is being organised with support from the National Gallery of Art (NGA) and Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEAAN) who have curated art pieces from select female artists.

The event’s objective is to bring together experts from various fields to discuss maternal health in Nigeria, where maternal mortality is still a significant public health concern. 512 women pass away in Nigeria for every 100,000 live births, according to the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey. Women’s perspectives and experiences must be included in the development of policies in order to improve the delivery of maternal healthcare services.

 The high rate of maternal deaths in Nigeria, which accounts for 20% of all maternal deaths worldwide, necessitates immediate attention and cooperation from all stakeholders (including the private sector, government organizations, civil society groups, donors, and multinational corporations) in order to change the current unfavorable outcomes for women giving birth there.

MSD for Mothers says: “A woman’s perception of the care she receives is an integral part of her clinical experience and, therefore, an important consideration in improving the quality of maternity care. Maternity care that focuses on women’s needs and treats women respectfully is likely to lead to greater satisfaction as well as better and more equitable health outcomes.”

Nigeria Health Watch’s ability to provide solutions for advocacy and communications that are based on factually sound information in the health sector is made possible by its expertise in communications.

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