: Introduction 

NHED is a young and emerging not-for-profit organization established to provide health systems strengthening interventions and to implement health related programs for a wide variety of clients at national, state and community levels.  The organization is registered by the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission as a company limited-by-guarantee under the companies and allied matters act of 1990. 

Our vision is to become the leading truly indigenous collection of committed health and health-related professionals that are passionate in promoting and carrying out reliable and effective home-grown health/health-related solutions to enhance health equity and development in Nigeria.  Our mission is to contribute significantly to the use of effective and efficient pro-poor health interventions to improve the lives of the marginalised and powerless Nigerians thereby significantly contributing to the transformation of the Nigerian. In doing this we shall draw on local knowledge and expertise that hinges on international norms and best practices.  

Our core values include: promoting equity and excellence; people-centered programs; transparency and accountability; patriotism and innovation.

In 2012, NHED established a working business relationship with HPI, an acknowledged global leader in the provision of technical assistance in the area of health systems strengthening particularly as it relates to improving healthcare access to the poor which we now leverage to ensure international best practice.

We focus on following services-   advocacy and social mobilisation for accountable and equitable health and other social determinants of health, training and capacity building on a broad spectrum of health and health system issues; social research and organizational/impact assessments; monitoring and evaluation; program management.

NHED was moved by compassion for the plight of people, especially the women and children in IDP camps in the North East region of Nigeria resulting from years of attacks from insurgents. The decision by NHED to carry out an assessment of the health and health related needs of the women and children was two-folds: i) to create awareness about the nature and size of the problem and; ii) to provide evidence- based solutions that will inform cost- effective preventive, promotive and curative policy and practical interventions for the benefit of these marginalised groups in IDP camps.

This document provides a graphic picture of the health situation in IDP camps in Yobe State, one of the States in the NE region. It also provides practical recommendations which policy makers and health mangers in government and the development sector, private and civil society organisations can carry out to get value for money and investment on the people residing in IDP camps and in similar places.

NHED is willing to engage with government institutions, development partners, civil society organisations, private sector and communities to ensure effective implementation of all or any of the proposed recommendations.

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