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The Next Step In Improving The Nigerian Health Care Services: Co-Financing With Multi Stakeholders

Some of the Nigerian health indicators have been proven to be the worst in Africa. Nigeria has the most population growth around the world with a range of 5.5 live births per woman and an annual growth rate of 3.2. It has been estimated that by 2050, Nigeria will reach a peak of 440 million individuals. Its increase in population and its developing challenges, the country will drag the socioeconomic indicators down in the whole of Africa.  

The government of Nigeria and the Global Financing Facility (GFF) made an announcement on the 15th of August, 2018, of a multi-stakeholder partnership, investing $20 million to improve and the strengthen the primary health care of Nigeria, beginning with three states, with the aim of targeting the less privilege and the most underserved individuals within the entire country. The Nigerian Government is linking the financing investment to a sum of $150 million, which is equivalent its yearly budget. This is implemented as a part of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) of the National Health Act. The provided resources and prioritization of the services will contribute the financing of the health and nutritional needs of women, children and adolescents.

“The Government of Nigeria is committed to ensuring that all Nigerians—particularly the women, children and adolescents facing some of the most challenging circumstances, in the most challenging places—have access to the basic health and nutrition services that they need, without becoming poorer by paying for them,” said Professor Isaac F. Adewole, Minister of Health of Nigeria. “The Global Financing Facility has created a new sense of awareness that we must put our money on the table for these essential investments in our people, and use them in even smarter ways—and that is something that hasn’t been done before.” 

The challenges Nigeria undergoes has outpaced the government spending on health and nutrition, in particular within the recent years, yet, unable to offer medical coverage to those who seeks it most, doing little decline the high and Impoverishing-out-of-pocket spending on the health by the poor Nigerians. With the recent advocacy and support of the GFF, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development and other partners, the Government of Nigeria has begun implementing the National Health Act, which was enacted in 2014 and established the BHCPF for the first time in 2018. Through the BHCPF the Nigerian Government is expanding its fiscal space for health to the tune of US$150million or NGN 55.1 billion for primary health care strengthening and service delivery. 

The grant from the GFF co-finances with the early implementation of the BHCPF with the mobilized funds from the government and other contributors, starting from Abia, Niger and Osun state. 

“The Government of Nigeria will make an enormous difference in the lives of millions of Nigerians by making a lasting investment in the health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents, the foundation of society and the economy,” said Mariam Claeson, Director of the Global Financing Facility“Nigeria’s commitment to sustainably financing health and nutrition is a beacon for other countries, as they work closely with the Global Financing Facility to make sure that the investments they make today last for years to come.”

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