Supporting the provision of free health services – Nigeria
In Nigeria, Health Partners International has helped three state governments put their policy commitments to the provision of free health services into operation:
- In Kano, a costing exercise investigated the recurrent cost implications of providing free maternal and child health (MCH) services, a long-term policy commitment of the government. As part of this exercise, options for targeting free services to particular population sub-groups and geographical areas were considered. This provided important information on which the government could base its pro-poor decision-making
- In Jigawa, an exercise was undertaken to explore the public health benefits, equity implications and the affordability and sustainability of introducing free emergency obstetric care services. This exercise, and the advocacy efforts that followed, helped leverage substantial earmarked funds for health safety nets for the very poor
- In Kaduna, similar work has focused on supporting the Ministry of Health to prepare a policy for the state government’s policy commitment to free MCH services, and to establish how to put the policy into practice.