"Awakening the Sleeping Giant": a special Brown Bag on the Nigerian NSHIP
23 Nov 2015
On Thursday 12 November, a special 'brown bag lunch' was held in Washington DC. Its catchy title: "Awakening the Sleeping Giant: How Nigeria is investing in Results for Women and Children's Health" drew a considerable crowd in the room, and also interested parties calling in or joining the videoconference from abroad. Mrs Dr Nnenna Ihebuzor Director Primary Health Care Systems Development from the NPHCDA and Dr Wole Odutolu, the World Bank task team leader presented. Gyuri Fritsche was discussant. Trina Hague, the World Bank practice manager for Western Africa chaired the meeting in a courteous manner. The presentation went through project development since 2010 from policy dialogue, through small scale pilots and mid-term adjustment based on lessons learned, to a gradual scale up throughout 2014. Since January 2015, the Performance-Based Financing approach covers three States. Early results show slow and accelerating gains in the new project LGAs, whereas the coverage for essential services continues to improve in the original pilot areas. The unfinished health reform agenda consists of macro and micro level management strengthening; human resources for health reforms; enhancing autonomy at the General Hospital level; expanding contracting private providers in urban areas (pilots started in September 2015) and to explore more the potential of ICT tools in community client satisfaction surveys. A vibrant question and answer session followed.
(The power point can be accessed through the ‘document section’ of this website)