Global Fund earmarks $1b for health programs in Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Health says by the end of 2017, Global Fund would have disbursed about 1 billion USD to assist Nigeria to combat HIV, Malaria and TB.

The Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole, at the National Supply Chain Integration Project Retreat on Tuesday in Abuja, said the intervention period was between 2015 and 2017.

He said that about 50 per cent of the amount would be expended on the procurement of commodities and this will in turn significantly put serious pressure on the fragile supply chain infrastructure in the country.

“We need to fashion out innovative approaches that will prevent our perennial challenges of commodity wastages, expiries and stock outs as well poor delivery system to end-users of such commodities,’’ Adewole said.

The minister said the Nigeria Supply Chain Integration Project (NSCIP) was initiated by the Government and a consortium of international donors and partners to address these constraints and inefficiencies.

He added that the project would also bridge the gaps and maintain uninterrupted supply system in the country.

Adeowole said the implementation strategies of NSCIP include the establishment of zonal hubs (warehouses) operated under a public private partnership (PPP) covering all HIV, Malaria, TB and Reproductive Health related commodities and vaccines, among others

“At the moment, NSCIP is currently covering Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Cross River, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Nasarawa, Oyo, Rivers and Sokoto states.

He said the ministry achieved all its “milestones in less than 18 months before the targeted three year plan”, adding that “the success recorded in the first year of the project prompted our funders to give approval to scale-up to the remaining 23 states.”

He said the ministry would implement all necessary reforms that will improve Nigeria’s warehousing and distribution system.

He said the Nigeria Supply Chain Integration Project is on track to complete the network design for some disease programme in the country.

Adewole said the ministry has developed and identified six zonal storage hubs, adding “of these, two are already being piloted under a public private partnership arrangement’’.

He explained that the first zonal hub located in Abuja has been completed, while the second one is in Lagos but still under construction.

“The two warehouses in a box in Abuja and Lagos cost 10.5 million USD, jointly funded by the Global Fund and USAID. The National Warehousing Advisory Committee (NWAC), which I chair, has been established, and the committee is to set standards and continue to offer supervision and advice appropriately through continuous stakeholders’ engagement,’’ he said.

Mr Linus Ademene, the National Coordinator, National Product Supply Chain Management Programme, said the retreat has as its theme “Ownership and sustainability’’, which he described as a “radical approach to empower government officials at all levels to effectively monitor the delivery of health commodities in their states”.

Rafat Salami