Governors launch Leadership Challenge Fund to improve PHCs across Nigeria

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum has launched a Primary Health Care (PHC) Leadership Challenge Fund.

The Leadership Challenge is a flagship programme to revamp the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) policy in the country by maximising the commitment of state governors to promoting progressive increase in PHC funding, and ensuring all primary healthcare centres have the requisite human resource capacity.

The initiative was launched during the governors’ meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

Challenge Fund

The Fund is designed to catalyse the implementation of the Seattle Declaration by State Governors and renew political commitments to improve PHC outcomes.

The Seattle Declaration is a set of commitments made by governors to prioritise primary healthcare in their states. It was adopted by the NGF at the November 2019 National Executive Council meeting.

The Leadership Challenge is a joint project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Dangote Foundation and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).

From December 2022, the challenge will be anchored on a total of 13 awards to state governments, consisting of 12 awards for the best performing and most improved states and one award for the overall best performing and most improved state.

The Forum, however, failed to disclose the amount to be received by awardees.

Benefits of the Fund

At the launch, the Country Director,…

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