Immunisation: Nigeria To Host National EU-SIGN End-Of-Project Seminar
The Technical Assistance to the European Union Support to Immunisation Governance in Nigeria ,EU-SIGN Project has ended.
The NPHCDA is hosting a national end-of-project seminar on August 22, 2019, to share the implementation experience, including good practices and lessons with stakeholders in the Nigeria development sector. Themed “Improving Immunisation Governance
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) announced this known in Abuja.
The European Union €63.5 million funded eight-year project was implemented between 2011 and 2019 by the NPHCDA in the twenty-three states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Cross River, Edo, Ebonyi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara and the Federal Capital Territory.
EU-SIGN consolidates gains and successes of predecessor projects, the European Union Partnership to Reinforce Immunisation Efficiency (EU-PRIME) implemented between 2002 and 2009, and the European Union support for Strengthening Routine Immunisation in Kano (EU-SRIK), executed between 2007 and 2011.
The project enhanced immunisation logistics by building the capacity of 1036 health workers and managers for routine immunisation, supported polio eradication activities and expanded vaccine cold chain and storage capacity with 757 solar direct-drive solar refrigerators, 46 new and renovated cold stores and health facilities, and 29 four-wheel-drive vehicles.
EU-SIGN is embedded in the NPHCDA and is implemented by public officials to ensure there is sustainability and accountability within the government system so government workers can continue to implement the strategies even after EU support ends.
According to the NPHCDA Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib “there are cold chain and cold room infrastructure and equipment that were built and installed several years ago that are still working and being maintained by government workers.
These are long term institutional strengthening initiatives that the EU has built, particularly through EU-SIGN.”’
“The implementation model of the EU-SIGN Project used existing government structures and systems and demonstrates that with good leadership and accountability, government business can be conducted efficiently and effectively to achieve the desired results”, said EU-SIGN National Team Leader Dr Yisa Ibrahim.
According to the Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Kurt Cornelis, the EU exceeded over 200 million euros in pure health sector development investments in Nigeria between 2002 and 2019.
Mr Cornelis highlights the importance of EU investments in the sector. “Unfortunately, more than 200,000 children die annually due to diseases that can be prevented through vaccination.
“Through our support in the health sector, we contribute to improving health systems which help Nigeria improve its performance to reach some of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals which are important to the 2030 sustainable development agenda”.