Private Sector Health Assocs, others kick off Design of PHC Adoption Programme
A private sector driven initiative for provision of world class universal health access for low income citizens in rural and urban areas of each of the 774 Local Government Areas has been unveiled by Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, in collaboration with the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PSHAN). The initiative is geared towards significantly improving Nigeria’s healthcare system at the grassroots level.
The innovative strategy, in furtherance of a vision from an earlier stakeholders' roundtable, entails delivering one Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in each of Nigeria’s 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) at global standards.
Under this initiative, universal health access will be provided for the target groups through what its proponents termed, "the Adopt-a-Health Facility Programme (ADHFP)".
ADHFP, according to a press release, from spokesman for the Dangote Group, issued by the CEO of PSHAN, Mr. 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.
The ADHFP is a multi-impact initiative with several benefits including: "Saving lives", "Improvement in health outcomes", "Job creation", and "Gender empowerment".
Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede and PSHAN recently initiated the ADHFP design phase which will be handled by Vesta Healthcare Partners, a global healthcare consultancy firm.
This consultancy engagement is expected to deliver key program 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 active participation of notable development-focused organizations including: Global Citizen, ABC Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the 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.
Others include Africa Practice, Cedar Advisory Partners, GBC Health, 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, Pharm-Access Foundation, Women-At-Risk International Foundation as well as the Lagos State Government and the SSA to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among others.