Primary Health Care Innovation

According to the WHO, primary health care means: “essential health care based on practical scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology, made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community through their full participation and at a cost which the country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development in the spirit of self-reliance and self-determination. It is the first level contact of the individual and community in the national health system, thus bringing health care as close as possible to where people live and work and contributes the first element of a continuing health care process”.

Nigeria is one of the few countries in the developing world to have systematically decentralised the delivery of basic health and education services to locally elected governments.

The SEDIN programme aims to support the development of Nigeria’s primary health care sector and promote the adoption of innovative business/digital solutions for the benefit of citizens, primary health care practitioners, primary health care entrepreneurs, SMEs, and innovators offering innovative and sustainable solutions.

To achieve this ambition, SEDIN has identified the need for further research and analysis to determine the leverage points for private investment and areas where the public and private stakeholders should come together to promote innovation in the Nigerian primary health sector, with a focus on five States: Edo, Lagos, Niger, Ogun and Plateau. Have your say, and participate in the questionnaire.

The programme is organised around 3 stages:

In the first phase, we conducted thorough research aiming at better understand

  • The network of actors and functions in the public and private primary healthcare sector
  • The Level of awareness and adoption of innovative business and digital solutions
  • The level of digital and business skills at the primary healthcare level
  • The driving forces for change, the concrete needs which may foster the adoption of innovative business/digital solutions in the primary health sector in Nigeria
  • The restraining forces, the obstacles for change which are expected to prevent new business/digital solutions from being adopted
  • The existing and emerging solutions piloted or adopted in the primary health sector.

This research included desk research, a qualitative phase with in-depth interviews with selected healthcare experts and a quantitative phase. The quantitative phase is conducted through a questionnaire for primary health care practitioners in the field, but it’s also open to anybody online. Have your say, and participate in the questionnaire.

Based on the research results, in the second phase, we will launch a call for Nigerian innovators to participate in the H-Hackathon, a healthcare hackathon to identify viable, indigenous and innovative solutions to solve the identified challenges of the primary healthcare sector and ultimately to provide better care to patients, in particular the most vulnerable ones.

The final phase will promote the best digital and business solutions selected among the H-Hackathon participants. In this phase, we’ll be bringing together decision-makers and stakeholders, publish their success stories and summarise the programme results in best practices for actionable uptake.

Primary Healthcare Innovation in Nigeria

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