GAVI and Nigeria govt to spend $2.7 billion on Routine Immunization and PHC systems
Kingsley Mba, June 11, 2018
The Nigeria health sector is set to receive a boost following the announcement made today by the Minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole that GAVi board has approved Nigeria proposal to strenghten Primary Health Care systems and Routine immunization. According to the Minister, a framework on this was evolved by National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Ministries of Health, Budget and National Planning and Finance, tagged '' Nigeria Strategy for Reutine Immuniozation and Primary Health Care Systems' Strenghtening(NSIPSS)'' and after diligent consideration of the said document which took a period of ten months, GAVI gave their final approval on August 8, 2018.
Speaking at a media parley held earlier today, the minister stated that Nigeria government has shown serious commitment to previous agreement entered with GAVI in 2001 when the Vaccine Alliance Board supported the country with about $732,130,326 for routine immunization and revitalization of Primary Health care systems which resulted in saving 2 million lives in the last 17 years.
Nigeria transition period from GAVI support suppose to take effect from 2021 but given some recent setbacks in primary health care and immunization, Nigeria appealed and secured an extension from GAVI to continue its support till year 2028, a gesture the minister attributed to Predident Buhari's zero tolerance for corruption and government commitment to transparency and accountability. He also said the succcesses recorded in the previous agreement between GAVI and federal government also played an important role in influencing this positive outcomme.
"The GAVI board approval of the funding envelope and the decision for extension of transitional period from 2021 to 2028 was a direct testament of the renewed commitment of this current administration and demonstrable leadership of Mr. President in enshrining accountability and transparency in all governments’ dealings especially with donor agencies", Adewole stated
GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance is the largest global coalition of the public and private sector with the shared goal of accelerating equal access to new and underutilized vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. In 2001, the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGoN) and GAVI entered into an agreement to strengthen immunization system across the country. During this period, GAVI supported the country with the introduction of life saving vaccines, which include PCV, IPV and Pentavalent vaccines, and provided additional support for non-vaccine operations. This amounted to a total contribution of $732,130,326 and as a result, has saved over 2 million lives in the last 17 years.
With this approval by GAVI, Nigeria stands to save the lives of additional 1,539,651 under-1 children by 2028 by driving immunization rates up to 85% in all states and improving the supply chain; while rebuilding financial credibility and trust, transforming the organization structure of Primary Health Care (PHC) in Nigeria, consolidating gains in polio eradication and revitalizing the Primary Health Care System. This comes at an auspicious time to complement government’s efforts to revitalize the primary health care system through the provision of the minimum package of care using the basic health care provision fund, all geared towards strengthening the PHC system in Nigeria. The PHC system caters for over 70% of the population who are in most need of health. Ten thousand (10,000) PHC centres will benefit from this where each PHC is fully equipped to provide the basic minimum package of care.
In his remark, the Executive Secretary National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib described GAVI extension and huge financial commitment to Nigeria health care sector as one of the best things happening to Nigeria in recent times. Saying the benefits Nigeria stand to reap in ten years the support is expected to last can not be over emphasised as maternal and infact mortality is expected to reduce drastically.
He called on workers in the health sector especially PHCs, where the bulk of the work is to take place to buckle up to shoulder the responsibilty for optimal utulization of this great opportunity to meet the expectations of GAVI and other global patners.