Nigeria’s high rates of maternal, child, and infant mortality present a massive challenge to policymakers and stakeholders at all levels of Nigerian society. These problems are related to the challenges of high fertility and a low modern contraceptive prevalence rate, which can lead to unintended pregnancies, births spaced too close together, and high-risk births.
In response, Nigerian policymakers at the federal and state levels have become increasingly motivated to renew the commitment to lower maternal and child mortality. Support for family planning (FP) and maternal and child health is being discussed openly at the federal level, and the Health Policy Project (HPP) is helping to strengthen the capacity of Nigerian institutions to deal with these issues.
HPP’s overall program objective in Nigeria is to strengthen the country’s national and subnational policy, advocacy, and governance for strategic, equitable, and sustainable health programming. To achieve this goal, HPP engages Nigerian stakeholders to increase their capacity to advocate for greater financial and political support for FP, reproductive health (RH), and maternal and child health programs, and to effectively manage existing financial resources for health programs.
To achieve the overall objective, there are two program components:
The HPP program aims to strengthen Nigerian stakeholders’ capacity to advocate for greater resources for FP/RH programs. HPP is collaborating with government, civil society, and development partner stakeholders to develop a comprehensive family planning and communications strategy. By organizing, mapping, and prioritizing advocacy initiatives, Nigerians will be able to streamline the collective effort to secure new federal and state funding to expand access to FP commodities and services.
Stakeholders also receive training on how to employ various evidence-based advocacy tools, including RAPID, the FP and MDG analysis, and the GAP Tool. By promoting greater resources and expanded access to services, HPP will help stakeholders improve the health of women, children, and infants in Nigeria.
Recently, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has begun to incorporate family planning services into its various benefits packages. Presentations by the USAID | Health Policy Initiative—predecessor to the Health Policy Project—and a broad advocacy push culminated in the first-ever National Family Planning Conference. As a result, the Office of the Presidency for Millennium Development Goals and the NHIS determined that including cost-effective health interventions such as family planning would better help them to reach their goals.
The HPP program in Nigeria will leverage this momentum achieved in FP advocacy by providing technical assistance to increase the capacity of the NHIS to gather and analyze data for more effective planning, advocacy, and program monitoring and evaluation. In turn, this will improve their ability to define, cost, and implement additional changes to NHIS benefits, as well as become better advocates in securing additional funding and resources to improve people’s health in Nigeria.
News: Health Policy Project at the Nigeria Family Planning Conference
On November 27-December 1, 2012, the 2nd National Family Planning Conference was held in Abuja, Nigeria. HPP was actively involved in planning and supporting the conference, and made several presentations.
Nigeria RAPID Population and Development: How Fertility Affects Development
This RAPID uses RAPID projections to highlight the impact of Nigeria’s population growth on national development and its ability to provide education, health, and nutrition to all its citizens. Includes downloadable brief, presentation, and poster.
Nigeria RAPID Population and Development: Why Fertility Affects Health
This package of materials uses RAPID projections to highlight the large unmet need for family planning in Nigeria and its impact on maternal and child health. Includes downloadable brief, infographic, and presentation.
Scaling Up National Health Insurance in Nigeria: Learning from Case Studies of India, Colombia, and Thailand
Case studies of the experience of three countries—Colombia, India, and Thailand—as they developed government policies as a strategy to achieve universal health coverage.
Presentation: The Demographic Dividend: A Window of Opportunity for the Next Generation
The presentation reviews current demographic indicators for Nigeria, highlighting comparisons with other countries that have opened the window of opportunity and achieved the dividend, as well as presents some of the policy investments required now and in the future.
Improving Financial Access to Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Services for the Poor in Nigeria
In November 2011 in Nigeria, a landmark national conference, "Improving Financial Access to Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Services for the Poor in Nigeria," was held. These publications highlight the need for advocacy and policy change, innovation in the design and implementation of health financing schemes, strengthening of the social health insurance scheme, and collaboration with private sector health providers.
HPP collaborates with a range of in-country and international partners in Nigeria, including:
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|The Health Policy Project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under Cooperative Agreement No.AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010.It is implemented by the Futures Group, in collaboration with the Centre for Development||and Population Activities (CEDPA), Futures Institute, Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA).||The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.|