MEASURE Evaluation/Nigeria End-of-Phase-III Event
In June 2014, MEASURE Evaluation/Nigeria held a dissemination meeting to mark the end of MEASURE Evaluation Phase III. The meeting shared project successes and discussed lessons learned in Phase III.
The dissemination meeting provided an opportunity to share MEASURE Evaluation accomplishments in Nigeria with the more than 20 organizations and government agencies, including the World Health Organization, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the Nigeria National Agency for the Control of AIDS. Many of the organizations represented shared the positive effect MEASURE Evaluation has had on their operations in Nigeria.
Among its many accomplishments, MEASURE Evaluation:
- Supported the assessment of HIV/AIDS M&E systems at national and state levels, addressing and implementing solutions to gaps over a five year period;
- Institutionalized M&E trainings in two universities in Nigeria; thus, contributing to human capacity development on M&E of health programs in sub-Saharan Africa;
- Supported and provided technical assistance to the Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria in the review of health information management curriculum;
- Organized, through collaboration with health system stakeholders, the first Health and Mapping Summit in Nigeria; thus, spreading the application of geo-spatial analysis in health programming in the country;
- Facilitated and provided technical guidance in the production of the first coded Master Facility List for use as a national standard for the identification of health facilities in the country;
- Provided technical leadership in developing national supportive supervision guidelines for M&E of HIV/AIDS programs;
- Provided technical assistance and supported development guidelines that strengthen systemic monitoring and evaluation of OVC programming;
- Developed a National Data Documentation Archive as a repository for microdata and metadata of all health related surveys in the country;
- Collaborated in the development of a Health Sector M&E Framework at the national level; and
- Strengthened M&E systems at subnational levels – especially in Anambra, Kano and Lagos States.
A speech by a USAID Team Lead, Dr. Susan Coleman, applauded the government of Nigeria for its efforts in developing a collaborative and evidence-based approach to improving health care delivery. Dr. Coleman said, “Nigeria’s government has shown commitment to strengthening systems to ensure decisions are being informed by accurate data.”
The event featured technical sessions and speeches on the achievements of monitoring and evaluation in the bid to improve health care delivery and the way forward in Nigeria.
MEASURE Evaluation has operated in Nigeria for about 10 years, including six years under Phase III. During this time, the project has worked directly with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and three States - Anambra, Kano and Lagos.