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Voice of America to Hold Four Town Hall Meetings on Child Survival and Maternal Health

Health experts, civic, religious, and traditional leaders will participate in the meetings in Nigeria

Washington, D.C., February 28, 2008 -- The Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA) will conduct four town hall meetings on maternal health and child survival during the month of March in four cities across Nigeria. The focus will be on issues of prenatal care, malaria, measles and polio immunizations.

Health experts from the private and public sectors, and non-governmental organizations, as well as civic, religious, and traditional leaders, will participate. The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, March 3JB Secretariat in Gusau, Zamfara
Thursday, March 6Conference Hall of the Presidential Lodge in Birnin Kebbi
Saturday, March 8Sultan Maccido Qur’anic and General Studies School in Sokoto
Thursday, March 13Conference Hall of the State Hotel in Maiduguri, Borno

In 2005, the Voice of America became the first international radio broadcaster to organize such a health consciousness campaign in Nigeria when it conducted Grassroots Summits on HIV/AIDS. Thousands attended those gatherings in three states.

The town hall meetings are open to the media and the public. For more information, please contact:

Sani Shu’aibu Malumfashi
VOA Kano Center
Phone: 0803-700-2226

Or visit our web site:

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,250 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail