Researchers at the Health Policy Research Group (HPRG) met with 13 journalists from top media houses in Abuja to draw attention to the government delay in implementing the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) – a fund that aims to improve primary health care services as part of the National Health Act (NHAct).
During the media briefing, RESYST researchers stressed the importance of accountability and good governance in implementing the Fund, and the urgent need for guidelines to be developed for this purpose.
“If the fund is not properly managed, the purpose for which it was established will be defeated.” Felix Obi
As a result of the meeting the story was shared on 5 radio stations in Abuja and featured in online news.
What is the Basic Health Care Provision Fund?
The Basic Health Care Provision Fund is an annual grant of a minimum 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (total Federal Revenue before it is shared to all tiers of government).. To be eligible for the fund, State and Local government areas are expected to contribute 25% counterpart funding towards primary health care projects
The fund supports:
basic minimum services
HPRG research focus
The HPRG presentations at the meeting focused on RESYST’s three core research areas, with a particular focus on the HPRG governance study, which developed an accountability framework for the implementation of the National Health Act. The framework encompasses mechanisms for strategic planning, strong and transparent monitoring and supervision systems and systematic reporting. It shows which actors are responsible for each mechanism, and the levels of government that they relate to.
Policy brief Implementing the Basic Health Care Provision Fund in Nigeria: A framework for accountability and good governance
Webinar Promoting accountability in the implementation of Nigeria’s National Health Act
Blog Implementing Nigeria’s 2014 National Health Act: Avoiding pitfalls and learning lessons from the education sector
Blog How Nigeria’s health minister can deliver on the promise of good primary care