A Non-Governmental Organisation, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, has launched a social media site to facilitate the advocacy of maternal healthcare through the viral #MaternalMonday campaign for mothers, campaigners and health workers to receive health information and download campaign materials for all stakeholders.
According to a statement made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday, the #Maternal Monday campaign started in 2013 when Mrs. Toyin Saraki began the campaign to prompt people to dedicate one day a week to maternal health in the country which has finally taken off as an international event.
‘’The campaign quickly took off internationally with the hashtag being used to educate people about health and engage in global conversation about solutions to the high maternal, newborn and child mortality indices in Nigeria and across the African continent.
‘‘The new #MaternalMonday digital space will allow WBFA to reach more users, even in remote areas, via a medium that is rapidly growing and evolving.’’
During the launch which coincided with the World Breastfeeding Week, a panel discussion entitled ‘Breastfeeding–the Bridge between Maternal Health and Child Health,’ was also held to mark Global Breastfeeding Week.’
Facilitated by WBFA Country Director, Dr. Luther-King Fasehun, the panel addressed breastfeeding challenges and encouraged mothers in Nigeria and Africa to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months after birth.

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