Association for Reproductive and Family Health, ARFH, through its expanded social marketing project in Nigeria, ESMPIN, project has expanded its community based distribution services to over 400 communities across Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa and Zamfara states.
In a statement issued to Journalists in Gusau the Zamfara State Capital by the ESMPIN project manager, Aliyu Guraguri said the community based distribution of maternal and child health products was aimed at increasing access to affordable and quality family planning, malaria and diarrhoea prevention and treatment products to the communities in nine local government areas of the affected states.
He said the Expanded Social Marketing Project in Nigeria is a five year project funded by the USAID with Society for family health, BBC media action and population service international partnering to support the project goal of improving health of women and children.
The statement further informed that, the Association for Reproductive and Family health has the largest community based distribution network in Nigeria with over 2000 community based volunteers creating demand and providing commodities at subsidised prices in various communities.
He further stated that, since 2011, ARFH has conducted numerous capacity building trainings for the community based distributors who conduct behaviour change, communication and sell commodities to interested community members.
Among the health commodities being distributed include non prescriptive family planning commodities such as cycle beads, condoms, oral pills and child health products like ORS and Zinc and LLIN by the trained community based distributors.

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