Collective action: Role of ICT in support of “Saving One Million Lives Program”

Conversation with Minister of Health, Dr Muhammad Pate, Mel Remington, Intel, Dr Isa Usman, Visafone, Nigeria Private Sector Alliance
Conversation with Minister of Health, Dr Muhammad Pate, Mel Remington, Intel, Dr Isa Usman, Visafone, Nigeria Private Sector Alliance

Nigeria Private Sector Health Alliance, Hauwa Ahman Pategi, First Bank, Toyin Saraki, Wellbeing Foundation, Barbara Bulb, PMNCH, Akinwale Goodluck, MTN
Nigeria Private Sector Health Alliance, Hauwa Ahman Pategi, First Bank, Toyin Saraki, Wellbeing Foundation, Barbara Bulb, PMNCH, Akinwale Goodluck, MTN

17 OCTOBER 2012 | ABUJA, NIGERIA - At the occasion of the 13th PMNCH Board meeting and in support of Nigeria’s ground-breaking initiative “Saving One Million Lives Program” (SOMLP) launched by the President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Ministry of Health, PMNCH organized a special event with the private sector on Collective Action: “Saving One Million Lives” and the Role of Information Communication Technologies (ICT). Co-hosts included the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Private Sector Health Alliance, Innovation Working Group (IWG), PMNCH private sector members GSM Alliance (GSMA) and Intel, mHealth Alliance and the Wellbeing Foundation. Intel Corporation sponsored the event.

The interactive discussion with Dr Muhammad Ali Pate, Minister of State for Health, who leads the implementation of the program, brought together over 50 international and local participants from the public and private sector to discuss specific needs and opportunities where ICT and public–private partnerships can enable delivery of solutions to improve women’s and children’s health and serve as a model to improve delivery of healthcare in other countries.

Dr Muhammad Ali Pate introduced SOMLP and encouraged collective action on the potential role of ICT across all key pillars of the program and towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Although ICT services in Nigeria are still in its infancy, SOMLP seeks to scale up efforts by utilizing mHealth and eHealth enabling technologies and services and promoting public-private partnership to align partners around common goals in improving maternal, newborn and child health.

Dr Pate was joined by Dr Isa Usman, Visafone on behalf of Jim Ovia, Co-chair of the Nigeria Private Sector Health Alliance, highlighting the role of Nigeria private sector in these efforts. Mel Remington, Intel shared best practices and Intel’s commitment to help train health workers as part of their 1Mx15 initiative to Every Woman Every Child to train one million health workers by 2015. Dr Craig Friderichs, GSMA and PMNCH Board member shared how mobile operators and GSMA can contribute through their Pan African Health Initiative. Other speakers included Dr Patricia Mechael, mHealth Alliance, Akinwale Goodluck, MTN Nigeria and Temitayo Erogbogbo, The Wellbeing Foundation.

Dr Carole Presern, Director PMNCH, emphasized importance of partnerships and the role PMNCH is committed to play in offering a multi-stakeholder platform of more than 500 members, including growing private sector members, to help catalyze new practical collaborations and share best practices to trigger collective impact in countries.

Dr Pate concluded the event by inviting all partners and in particular PMNCH private sector members’ engagement, to bring ICT expertise to SOMLP. He also appointed his advisor,D. Kelechi Ohiri as the point of contact for partnerships at the Ministry. In following up to the event, interested private sector partners met with Dr. Pate and his team to agree on specific collaborations going forward.

For more information please contact Barbara Bulc, Senior Advisor, PMNCH at bbulc@gd-impact.org

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