Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, in collaboration with the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, has unveiled a new initiative geared towards improving Nigeria’s healthcare system at the grassroots.
The innovative strategy, in furtherance of a vision from an earlier stakeholders’ roundtable, entails delivering one primary healthcare centre in each of Nigeria’s 774 local government areas at global standards.
Under this private sector-driven initiative, universal health access will be provided for low-income citizens residing in rural and urban areas through the Adopt-a-Health Facility Programme.
ADHFP, according to a statement by the CEO of PSHAN, Sonny Nwarisi, will be sponsored by a group of “Angel Investors” and other institutions.
These “Angels” will each take responsibility for one or more PHCs – they will build and operate the PHCs for the period of adoption under strict rules and guidelines.
Aig-Imoukhuede and PSHAN recently initiated the ADHFP design phase which will be handled by Vesta Healthcare Partners, a global healthcare consultancy firm.
The consultancy engagement is expected to deliver key programme components such as “Legal and Regulatory Framework, PPP Framework, PHC facility and management standards, Financing Arrangements, Governance Arrangements, Supply Chain Management, and Technology & Systems.”
The design phase will involve Global Citizen, ABCHealth, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), MTN Nigeria Plc, Dangote Group, Zenith Bank, Access Bank, Stanbic-IBTC Bank, PwC, Cisco, Ford Foundation, Nigerian Stock Exchange, and Flying Doctors Nigeria.
Other organizations are Africa Practice, Cedar Advisory Partners, GBCHealth, Health Federation of Nigeria, Health Law, Eti-Osa Local Government, JNC International Ltd, Johnson & Johnson, Justice in Healthcare, Lagos State Government, MSD for Mothers, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), ONE Campaign, PharmAccess Foundation, Women-At-Risk International Foundation as well as the Lagos State Government and the SSA to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, among others.