Funding for cold chain equipment and improved data collection to support Nigeria’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative
26 July 2013 – The
GAVI Alliance has approved US$ 21 million to help improve vaccine supply chains
in Nigeria as part of a partnership aimed at scaling up routine immunisation.
The funds will be used by Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency
to procure vital equipment for storing vaccines and to improve data collection,
both of which have been identified as key pillars in protecting children's
lives as enshrined in the government’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative.
Saving One Million Lives Initiative
Launched in 2012 by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Saving One Million Lives Initiative is a
scheme aimed at expanding primary healthcare in Nigeria to significantly reduce
mortality by 2015.
As part of this initiative, Nigeria has set the target to
increase routine immunisation coverage to 87% by the same period. This would
provide more than six million children with protection against a range of
deadly and debilitating vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles,
meningitis, pneumonia, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, hepatitis, yellow
fever and tuberculosis.
Vital refrigeration equipment
But for this to happen significant improvements in the country’s vaccine supply chains are
first needed. GAVI’s investment will include the procurement of vital
refrigeration equipment at key points of the supply chain, at the Federal,
state and local government area levels.
The move comes as part of a broader partnership on health system strengthening including vaccine supply chain
improvement, that is expected to be complemented with support from other
partners including the European Union, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Japan International
Cooperation Agency, the UK’s Department of International Development and the
Canadian International Development Agency.
Bridge vital gaps in supply chains
“Improving cold chain equipment will help bridge vital gaps that currently exist in Nigeria’s
supply chains,” said GAVI’s CEO, Dr Seth Berkley, making the announcement in
the nation’s capital Abuja. “This will not only help Nigeria reach its Saving
One Million Lives targets by improving routine immunisation, but it will also
play a crucial role in Nigeria’s polio eradication efforts and set the stage
for forthcoming new vaccine introductions.”
With one of the largest number of vaccine preventable deaths in Africa, Nigeria is a priority
for GAVI and one which requires a tailored approach.
Since 2000 GAVI has committed more than $670 million in vaccine support for the country, and this latest
effort to strengthen cold chains will play an important role in protecting that
investment. This includes the provision of vaccines against yellow fever,
meningitis A, measles and the recently introduced five-in-one pentavalent
vaccines - which combine diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccines with
hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae
type b vaccines.
“Nigeria is taking great strides to boost routine immunisation and is committed to reaching
a target of 80% by the end of this year,” said Dr Ado Mohammad, Executive
Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency. “Through the
NPHCDA and the supply chain improvement plan, which is implementation focused,
quick wins are being implemented. Now with GAVI’s support we can boost coverage
and meet our target of saving a million lives by 2015. Strengthening health
systems and improving data collection will ultimately lead to a virtuous cycle
that will provide more accurate evaluations and better delivery.”
“We look forward to working with the GAVI secretariat
and the government to ensure that this investment realises the goal of
increasing coverage and reducing mortality,” said Jean Gough UNICEF Country
Representative in Nigeria. “More than 23 per cent of child deaths can be
prevented through immunisation”.
GAVI is funded by governments [Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States], the European Commission, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as private and corporate partners [Absolute Return for Kids, Anglo American plc., The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Comic Relief, Dutch Postcode Lottery, His Highness Sheikh Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, JP Morgan, “la Caixa” Foundation, LDS Charities and Vodafone].
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