PHN leverages innovation to mobilize 9 million women for free healthcare

The Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN), a private-sector led coalition mobilizing the business and corporate community towards a multi-sectoral partnerships to improve health outcomes, has executed the largest mobile health (m-Health) intervention in Nigeria as it has mobilized at least 9 million targeted underserved women and children in 8 high disease burden States to utilize free primary healthcare services through innovation and partnerships.

The intervention is being implemented as part of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Weeks (MNCHW) campaign, a biannual national mass campaign that seeks to mobilize women and children across the country to health facilities to access free primary health care services and life-saving commodities such as vitamin A supplementation, routine immunization, deworming tablets, screening for malnutrition, long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets for malaria, ORS and Zinc for diarrhea and others.

Partners that joined the Alliance for the intervention include Etisalat, Dangote Group, Access Bank Plc, Zenith bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, SOMLI, VAS2NETS, GSMA, Visafone, UNICEF, Samsung, GSK among others.

Mr. Jim Ovia, Co-Chair of the Private Sector Health Alliance, said: ‘As we approach the December 2015 MDGs deadline, we are pleased that PHN is providing the platform to bring together private sector partnerships and innovation that will enable Nigeria accelerate progress in attaining the health MDGs’

According to Dr. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq, MD/CEO, Private Sector Health Alliance, ‘following a rapid diagnostic, we identified priority areas of the health system where integrating private sector capabilities to public health priorities will unlock constraints and contribute significantly to the saving one million lives movement’.

He stated that, in addition to mobilizing private sector resources to provide nutrition and lifesaving commodities to 500,000 children across under-served jurisdictions, PHN also provided private sector management support to public primary healthcare centers in a number of high burden States to enhance the productivity of public health workers and improve the quality of care provided during the MNCHWs.

He explained that PHN has scaled up its previous m-health intervention to target 9 million vulnerable women using geo-location based mobile text messages and voice messages in local languages.

 

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