PharmAccess and the Nigerian National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner in a quality improvement program for 78 public health centers spread across six geo-political zones in Nigeria.
The journey towards this agreement started in October 2011, when talks were held between PharmAccess and the Nigerian Ministry of Health (MOH) on the need to demonstrate the proof of principle of quality improvement. The then State Minister of Health Dr. Muhammed Pate and his team, consisting of, among others, Dr. Kelechi Ohiri, Muntaga Umar-Sadiq and Ezinne Eze-Ajoku, attached great importance to improving quality of healthcare services. When Dr. Pate resigned in late July 2013 to take up the position of Professor at Duke University’s Global Health Institute, he handed this project over to the NPHCDA Executive Director Dr. Jimada Ado Muhammad, who signed the MoU promptly. NPHCDA is a MOH-affiliated organization.
The MoU is valid for a period of two years and will entail quality improvement for 78 facilities selected by SURE-P. SafeCare will be involved with 24 of these primary health centers for a period of 17 months.