The Media have been urged to be at the forefront in sensitizing the public on the significance of nurturing care for children within their first 1,000 days.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of a two days workshop for media correspondents organized by the County Government of Siaya in partnership with KMET, one of the Narturing Care Project Partners, Mr. Oruenjo Evans, the Director of Public Health and Sanitation in the County Government of Siaya urged the media to create public conversation about nurturing care.
“The media can elevate issues, influence how the public and policymakers perceive them, and set the stage for a policy response”, noted the Director, adding that “reporting comprehensively on nurturing care and to generate recommendations for how to do better reflecting on the full continuum of human development and opportunities to improve conditions in which children are born, grow, and develop will go along way in engendering better adults in the future.
KMET Program Officer while addressing the participants at the opening ceremony had emphasized that “telling stories about changing the odds for children and bringing the broader context into stories about early childhood by describing the environments that contribute to poor health were some of the major roles expected of the media by the public.
Nurturing Care refers to conditions created by public policies, programs and services. These conditions enable communities and caregivers to ensure children’s good health and nutrition, and protect them from threats. Nurturing care also means giving young children opportunities for early learning, through interactions that are responsive and emotionally supportive.
The Nurturing Care Project is supported by Hilton Foundation in partnership with PATH, KMET among others under the patronage of Her Excellency Rosella Rasanga, Siaya County’s First Lady. The two days workshop ended with a detailed program of action to be mutually implemented through the life of the project.