WHO/NIE TO SUPPORT IMPLEMENTATION OF FIFTY-EIGHT MAJOR PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES

1.         The World Health Organization (WHO) Nigeria Country Team is to support Government in the implementation of fifty-eight major programme activities in March and April 2002 under its Technical Programme of Cooperation with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

2.         This was made known during the Organization’s bi-monthly Programme Coordination Meeting, held on 8th March 2002, the second of such meetings this year.

3.         In a bid to meet the target of stopping the transmission of wild polio virus by the end of 2002, the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Unit will support the implementation of Sub-National Immunization Days (SNIDs) in 162 of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country, from 20th – 26th April. Oral polio Vaccine (OPV) will be administered to children five years and below in these LGAs, where the wild poliovirus is still circulating.

As a prelude to this, WHO would recruit and deploy 60 External STC/NIDs Consultants and 60 National NIDs Consultants to the high-risk areas, to assist with planning, monitoring and supervision of the exercise.

4.         The Reproductive Health Unit will undertake infection control and decontamination of newborn units in Adeoyo Hospital, Ibadan and Ojo Primary Health Care Centre in Lagos. It will also hold meetings to review results of needs assessment earlier conducted in Ondo East and Akure LGAs of Ondo state as well as Lokoja and Yagba LGAs in Kogi State.

The RH Unit will support the finalization and printing of Job Aids for Making Pregnancy Safer (MPS) and order equipment for MPS demonstration sites.

5.         The Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) Unit will conduct an Intercountry IMCI Case Management Training Course for two weeks in March in Maiduguri; RBM/IMCI Case Management and IMCI Facilitation Skills Training Courses in two of the six health zones (North Central and South East) in April. Pre-service training in IMCI will start in four study schools in Maiduguri, Owerri and Ife.

The Unit will also participate in the IMCI Working Group Meeting and that of IMCI Partners, both to be held in Lagos.

6.         The NPO/TUB will pay technical visits to Niger, Kwara, Adamawa and Kogi States as well as the Federal Capital Territory to facilitate the take-off of the phased implementation of the DOTS strategy for Tuberculosis control and also coordinate the mission from WHO/AFRO TUB Unit to the country which is coming to support the implementation of DOTS strategy.

The Unit will participate in activities marking this year’s World TB Day, which has the theme, Stop TB, Fight Poverty. Activities include a press briefing by the Minister of Health and a seminar for media practitioners.

7.         The Health Economist, WHO/NIE has been selected as a member of WHO/AFRO CCS Core Team – to give support to countries in the development of their CCS document. In his first assignment, the HEC will travel to Mozambique to give technical assistance.

He will later participate in the report writing workshop for the preparation of the document, “Health in Nigeria: 1996 – 2000” and a workshop on “Negotiation Skills”. The Unit will also attend the Change Agent Programme Stakeholders Meeting and the WHO Fellowship Selection Committee Meeting.

8.         Nigeria is embarking on a “Care” project, to provide ARVs to 10,000 adults and 5,000 children infected with HIV. To this end, the MO/HIV/AIDS will undertake supervisory visits to some of the ARV project pilot sites in Abuja, Jos, Makurdi and Zaria. He will participate in a mission on STIs surveillance and the development of guidelines on PMTCT.

9.         WHO is giving support to the government in the development of proposals for the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). NPOs/MAL are on the Committee writing the proposal on malaria control. The RBM Unit will also participate in updating the Technical Report on the Baseline Data Collection for RBM M&E and also facilitate case fatality rate data collection and analysis for continuous monitoring of RBM implementation in the country.

            RBM will hold consultation meetings with:

  • principal and co-investigators to finalize the country protocol on integrated management of malaria and pneumonia at home and community;
  • state and LGA level partners in Southwest states on the Strategic Plan implementation for 2002;
  • IMCI partners on the operational level manpower development (training of PHC facility caregivers) for appropriate management of malaria

The RBM Unit will attend two RBM Partners monthly meetings in March and April; facilitate implementation of antimalaria drug therapeutic efficacy tests in Southwest and Northwest zones and participate in activities marking the 2nd Africa Malaria Day (25th April).

10.        The HIP Unit will support government and participate in activities marking this year’s World Health Day (7th April), which has as theme Physical Activity. Activities to be implemented include a Ministerial Press Briefing, Symposium and Novelty Football Matches.

The Unit will also produce the first quarterly edition of WHO Newsletter for the year; facilitate the finalization of the National Policy on Health Education and Promotion and participate in a meeting to develop a National Plan of Action on Health Education and Promotion. It will also support the airing of jingles on some prevalent diseases in selected radio stations in the country.

11.        In the area of Essential Drugs, the Unit will support the development of data collection forms and training materials for drug utilization studies as well as the actual data collection itself.

The NPO/EDM will attend a technical briefing meeting for NPOs/EDM holding in Pretoria in mid-March and later pay a supervisory visit to Osun and Ondo states.