This webinar built on findings and discussion of previous sessions hosted by the Child Health Task Force's Private Sector Engagement subgroup.
During a meeting in July, 2019, the subgroup shared findings from the Enhancing Quality iCCM through Proprietary and Patent Medical Vendors (PPMV) and Partnerships (EQuiPP) Approach. They presented how PPMV's can provide quality health services in the communities they serve. During the Child Health Task Force's Virtual Conference which took place earlier this year, we learned more about the roles that PPMVs and Community Pharmacists play in child health care in the underserved communities of Northern Nigeria. Further, we learned how the Community Health Information Systems (CHMIS) was rolled out in Nigeria by the USAID Integrated Health Program (IHP) to improve the reporting of key child health indicators.
This webinar on December 6 built on these prior learnings and further present on how to overcome challenges when rolling out and scaling up the EQuiPP Approach, as well as how to integrate other key interventions.
We heard how USAID IHP Nigeria worked with PPMVs and Community Pharmacists to improve access to timely identification and management of uncomplicated common childhood illnesses, in addition to: family planning services, and referral of pregnant women and newborns and severely ill patients to health facilities for appropriate care in the Sokoto, Bauchi and Kebbi states. USAID IHP Nigeria shared experiences and lessons learned working with this critical frontline healthcare cadre for many low-resource and remote households in Nigeria. We further discussed ways to ensure the data is used to monitor and improve the quality and availability of services for children.