The Saving One Million Lives- Program for Results team underwent a series of meetings Tuesday, June 11th that tackled their upcoming agenda for the remainder of the year. All three meetings, chaired or co-chaired by Dr. Ibrahim Kana, gave the attendees insight on the anticipated announcements regarding the program.

The first meeting was simply a preliminary introduction for Hanovia, the consulting firm hired for the 2019 National Health Facility Survey (NHFS) by the World Bank. Hanovia’s CEO, Segun Oguntoyinbo, expressed his excitement to be contracted for the survey a second time. Hiring a domestic consulting firm to carry out the survey was applauded by everyone in attendance because it indicates there is confidence in Nigerian expertise to handle surveys of this magnitude. Oguntoyinbo assured the group there would be an active intercourse between Hanovia and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), but the company would not be taking the lead on the NHFS, just providing technical assistance.

The following meeting was the fourth meeting for the 2019 National Health Facility Survey (NHFS). The Survey Management Committee (SMC) was attended by representatives from NBS, NACA, NPHCDA, World Bank, USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and chaired by Dr. Ibrahim Kana. Dr. Kana briefed the SMC on the engagement of a consultant. It was once again reiterated, Hanovia would not be responsible for implementing the survey, but providing support for NBS as they conduct the NHFS. Members were updated on the inputs made by Malaria, TB, Laboratory, USAID & Global Fund to the survey instrument. The sample frame from categorized health facilities in Nigeria, will hopefully be completed soon. As the SMC reviewed the timeline, they discussed the importance of the pre-test. It was agreed upon by all to allot adequate time to stage the pre-test in order to prevent little amendments during the actual survey process. The next steps for this committee include active meetings between NBS and Hanovia and preparing for the imminent pre-test in a fortnight.

The final meeting of the day was the inaugural meeting of the Survey Steering Committee (SSC) for the 2019 National Nutrition & Health Survey (NNHS), co-chaired by Dr. Ibrahim Kana and Dr. Isiaka Olarenwaju. The SSC was welcomed and presented with the objectives of the meeting. Following Dr. Kana’s opening remarks, he promptly began discussing aspects of the previous survey where issues arose. He then spoke on how UNICEF will be in charge of engaging a consultant for this survey. The first topic tackled was funding for the 2019 SMART Survey. Dr. Suleiman Jibrin began his presentation on funding by estimating the survey would cost approximately $1 million, based on the previous survey. He then presented the overview of those funding the project. The 2019 SMART survey will be supported by 250,000 from the Gates Foundation, 250,000 from the Nutrition Project (ANRIN) and the federal government of Nigeria, as the largest contributor, will cover the remaining balance needed. Back in March, an MOU was signed by the Permanent Secretary FMOH and the Statistician General of the Federation. The methodology and sampling was reviewed and a draft timeline was then presented. The nutrition component of the questionnaire for SMART was re-examined by a representative from the World Bank, as she noted the modifications her organization desired to make. Dr. Kana concluded the meeting by expressing the need for more collaboration and dialogue between various partners.