…says UNICEF is out to cater for the needs of the children and women to ensure they bounce back to life
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has trained 60 persons on Child Protection Case Management and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Anambra State.
The training, involving participants drawn from teachers, social welfare and health officers, vigilante, religious and youth leaders, was in partnership with Women and Social Welfare.
The Child Protection Specialist, Victor Atuchukwu UNICEF, Enugu said the 3-day capacity building workshop followed flood menace in seven Local Government Areas of the state.
He said the training was targeted at empowering and providing trainees with mental health and psychosocial interventions to survivors to ensure they were mentally stable to continue with their lives.
He said, “During last year’s flood, lives were lost, while many children are still battling with emotional trauma ocasioned by separation from parents and caregivers, disruption of academic activities, among other challenges.
“UNICEF is out to cater for the needs of the children and women to ensure they bounce back to life in the affected Council areas.
“We’re building human capacity and structures of the various communities and state actors to sustain intervention so the beneficiaries can own the projects and run with it.
“We’re leveraging on the platform provided by the Ministries of Women Affairs, Health and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) to provide the interventions.”
Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo expressed satisfaction with commitment and dedication of the participants towards the exercise.
She urged them to step down the knowledge acquired during the training in their different communities to ensure the goal of the project was achieved.