The NHED team met with the Executive Director and management of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency(NPHCDA) to identify and align on the best approach for stewarding ePHCp implementation in Nigeria.
The ‘Evaluating Primary Health Care Performance (ePHCp)’ project is the Nigerian replica of ‘Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI)’. A global initiative that seeks to support stronger primary health care through better measurement and advocacy to accelerate the attainment of universal health coverage. It uses a set of comprehensive metrics to measure all elements of primary health care including systems (governance, financing), inputs, service delivery, outputs, outcomes. Data from this measurement are used to develop a ‘Vital Signs Profile (VSP)’ – a dashboard that shows at a glance the status of primary health care in the country. The VSP catalyzes actions for priority areas to improve PHC performance; and consequently, contributes to achieving universal health coverage. The ePHCp project is funded by Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation (BMGF), implemented by Network for Health Equity and Development (NHED), and led by the NPHCDA in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
The meeting was chaired by the Executive Director, NPHCDA – Dr Faisal Shuaib. In attendance were his management team: Director Planning Research and Statistics – Dr. A.B, Garba; Director Community Health Services – Dr. Nneka Onwu; Director Logistics and Health Commodities – Hajiya Kubura Daradara; Director, Disease Control and Immunization – Dr Bassey Okposeh; Technical Assistants – Drs. Opeyemi Osibogun and Murtala Bagana.
The NHED team: Dr Shehu Sule – Chairman, Dr Emmanuel Sokpo – Country Director, Uche Eberi – Project Manager; and the NGF representative: Dr Ahmad Abdulwahab.