USAID, FCTA sign $45million agreement to boost primary healthcare services
Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Administration has entered an agreement with the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, to provide technical expertise to assist the administration meet its health improvement goals.
Speaking after signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, the Mission Director USAID/Nigeria, Anne Patterson, revealed that though the health status of the FCT population was fair when compared with other states of the federation, but noted that with the country's north east crisis and perception of economic opportunities in the nation's capital, FCT has seen an increase in the influx of people from other parts of the country.
She noted that this population increase was putting stress on the available public infrastructure, especially primary healthcare facilities, which are ill-equipped and under-resourced to address the increased health needs of the residents.
"The purpose of the MOU is to support the revitalization of the FCT healthcare system to deliver quality, affordable, and sustainable preventive and primary healthcare services to the residents of FCT. With the signing of this MOU, USAID expects to apply global best practices and provide high-level technical expertise to assist the FCTA to meet their health improvement goals to operationalize their health plans and their reform strategies," she said.
The MoU, specified that the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, NDHS, would serve as the baseline for overall health status improvement, while the 2023 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey would serve as the end line survey.
The MoU also acknowledges the Federal Government and FCT Department of Health and Human Services Secretariat policies, standards, and implementation guidelines for achieving health systems strengthening especially Primary Health Care Under One Roof, PHCUOR, and Primary Health Care, PHC, systems and service delivery.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu
Aliyu, while signing on behalf of the FCT Administration, acknowledged the tremendous role of USAID/Nigeria, in the development of healthcare facilities in the Federal Capital Territory, stating that the administration would actively sustain and build on the cost-effective intervention of this partnership.
The minister recalled that USAID had recently supported the FCT Administration with a $20 million investment in family planning and reproductive health interventions, supporting facilities to improve service delivery, distributing contraceptive commodities, and increasing demand among local communities for these services and products.
The MoU is expected to cover a period of 5 years and as part of this effort, USAID plans to commit $45 million over the five years period for FCT through four existing health activities namely: the Integrated Health Programme, Breakthrough Action, Health Workforce Management, and the Global Health Supply Chain.