Nigeria: Our Impact

{Photo credit: MSH}L--R: Mayowa Joel Communication for Development Centre; Hor Sidua Coordinator of Universal Healthcare for All campaign, Ghana; Dr Stephen Karau, Country Director, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Kenya; Arije Adebisi, Director of Communications, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Nigeria; Dr. David Olayemi, Senior Advocacy Manager, Save the ChildrenPhoto credit: MSH

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)  joined African civil society organizations (CSOs) at a side event  on July 2 of  the Abuja +12 meeting of African heads of governments. The groups   agreed that universal health coverage should be included in the  post-2015 development agenda.

 {Photo credit: Beth Brundage Murphy for MSH}Participants enjoying the Health for All Campaign launch in Ethiopia this year.Photo credit: Beth Brundage Murphy for MSH

Health for All: The Campaign for Universal Health Coverage in Africa, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, is supporting governments in three African countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Kenya) in their efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC).

The Head of the Community Development Department led a group of participants during the International Women’s Day rally in Delta State. {Photo credit: Gilbert Ojiakor/MSH.}

In Nigeria, women and girls carry the bulk of the caregiving burden for those infected with HIV and children left vulnerable or orphaned by AIDS. These responsibilities often prevent girls and women from obtaining an education and developing income-generating skills. Compounding these problems are social norms that inhibit girls and women from accessing HIV & AIDS information and services and severely limit their control over their sexuality, thereby leaving them vulnerable to violence and abuse.

MSH Nigeria country leadership team with USAID, DCGEP, and Pact Nigeria staff at the Nigerian premiere. (Photo credit: Zimuzor Onyeador/MSH 2012) 

Most African countries are slowly moving toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to provide access to appropriate health care services for all at an affordable cost. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), “Health for All: The Campaign for Universal Health Coverage (UHC)” will support existing government initiatives towards universal health coverage and equitable health reform in four African nations: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana.

Dr. Jide Idris, Lagos State Commissioner for Health (middle), Dr. Barry Smith, MSH Nigeria Country Director (right), and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health during an interactive session with participants at the ministry headquarters. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Many Nigerians are recognizing that community-based health insurance (CBHI) can increase access to healthcare services. Since 2008, Nigeria’s Lagos State Ministry of Health has been piloting CBHI schemes in Ikosi-Isheri and Ibeju-Lekki local government areas. Enrollment in the CBHI has grown, with more than 16,000 enrollees in Ikosi-Isheri alone. Out-of-pocket healthcare spending by low-income earners has been reduced. According to Lagos State Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris, the pilot communities are responding positively, despite challenges in implementation.

Dr. Eliud Wandwalo. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

MSH works with international, national, and local partners to strengthen the capacity of health systems, national tuberculosis (TB) programs, and health managers to improve the lives of those affected by TB and prevent the spread of the disease. MSH participates in several global TB initiatives, including USAID’s Tuberculosis CARE I Program (following the TB CAP program); the STOP TB Partnership; and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Hauwa Bala, head of the rice sellers group, and other members display their produce during a group meeting. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Tunga Magajiya, Niger State, Nigeria - “Our lives have been improved with small loans,” said members of Nasara Support Group (NSG) at a meeting celebrating the group’s successes.

The Oba (King) of Isanlu, Dr. A.A. Ikuborije, presents Comfort Abu with an award. {Photo credit: MSH Nigeria.}Photo credit: MSH Nigeria.

Until recently, people living with HIV & AIDS in Isanlu Community in Nigeria’s Kogi state had difficulty accessing health services to manage their illnesses. Today things are very different, and much of that is credited to the persistence and perseverance of one woman, Comfort Omadu Abu.Mrs. Abu is the program manager for the Kogi State AIDS Control Program.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) announced today that it has joined Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of over 100 organizations working to end child marriage all over the world. The partnership will amplify the voices of girls at risk of child marriage and will support girls who are or have been married, all over the world.

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