Private Sector Health Alliance’s Adopt-A-Healthcare-Facility officially launched in Nigeria

NIGERIA —The ‘Adopt A Private Health Facility Project’ (ADHFP) has been officially launched in Nigeria with the sole focus to improve health outcomes for all Nigerians by strengthening the capacity of health facilities at the most basic level.

Adopt-A Healthcare Facility Program has gained support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Access Bank Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, and about 40 other corporate and institutional partners in strengthening the Primary Healthcare sector in Nigeria.

Since its inception, ADFHP has managed to improve health indices, provide equitable access to quality healthcare services, increased uptake of micro health insurance, and promote gender empowerment from improved women’s health services in 774 Local Government Areas.

By successfully establishing primary health centers across Nigeria, the program aims to ensure quality health and improved well-being for all people – in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

ADHFP is not only aimed at delivering adequate medical care for all but considers the entire value chain.

Tinuola Akinbolagbe, CEO of PSHAN has identified access and utilization, poor governance, inefficient supply chain, and a lack of skilled workforce as major challenges confronting Nigeria’s healthcare system.

By developing primary healthcare centers for those who need it most, the ADFHP project will make an immediate impact on the mortality rate in Nigeria and improve the standard of living.

Akinbolagbe is on record having stated that the program will directly benefit people through improved access to healthcare and a reduction in infant, under-5, and maternal mortality, assuring that the ADHFP will restore trust in the efficiency of the public health system,

It also seeks to reduce the burden of diseases of public health concern, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

The anticipated impact on the health system, particularly at the grassroot level, will include a strengthened health information system, quality service delivery, increased financing and governance capacity, and human resources for health, all of which will improve human capital development and accelerate national prosperity.

Nigeria currently has 30,000 primary healthcare (PHC) facilities operational but only 20% of the country’s PHCs are operational.

PSHAN has raised a total of N9.1 billion (US$20.7 million) for the project, as the ADHFP provides a platform for collaboration, communication, and effective change among a variety of stakeholders.

All PHCs in Kano state have already been adopted, and there are plans to build new ones where necessary.

In some cases, the center will redesign and subsidize services to make them more affordable and accessible to all Nigerians.

The Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PSHAN), founded by Aliko Dangote, Jim Ovia, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, and other business leaders, is a business-led platform established with the goal of establishing at least one global standard primary healthcare center in each of Nigeria’s 774 local government areas.

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