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Uniting for Nigerian Mothers and Babies: Dangote, Pate, Ovia, Others Raise N3.9 Billion for Health MDGs

Uniting for Nigerian Mothers and Babies: Dangote, Pate, Ovia, Others Raise N3.9 Billion for Health MDGs
Advocates for reducing mother and infant deaths welcome pledges of over $24 million to Nigeria's efforts in Abuja during the World Economic Forum on Africa in May. Participants in the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria announcement including front row from left: Kogi State Governor Idris Wada, Jim Ovia, Aliko Dangote, Health Minister Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu and Wellbeing Foundation Founder Toyin Saraki.

The Chairman of Dangote Group Alhaji Aliko Dangote, former Minister of State for Health Prof. Muhammed Ali Pate, former Managing Director of Zenith Bank Jim Ovia,

and his Access Bank counterpart Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede among others, under the auspices of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, donated about N3.9billion ($24.2million) to the health sector last week to accelerate government's efforts to meet the MDGs 4,5 and 6 by 2015.

The founding patron of the alliance Aliko Dangote made the donation public at an agenda meeting for the Private Sector Joint Advocacy and Commitment Declaration, pointing out that they have so far raised N3.9billion out of the N9.1billion ($56.5million) needed.

According to him, the alliance which will be working closely with the "Saving One Million Lives Initiative", will assist in improving maternal, neonatal and child health, prevent mother to Child transmission of HIV/AIDS, enhance routine immunization, nutrition, malaria, provide essential medicine and improve logistic and supply chain.

He added that the partnership which is the beginning of great things to happen in the health sector will enable the private sector unlock the business potentials of the health sector and make it attractive for investors.

Dangote lamented that so far 80%of the drugs and materials used in the health sector are imported, which he added can be procured within the country if an enabling environment is created for the establishment of companies that can produce vaccines, drugs that are needed to reduce vaccine preventable diseases.

Earlier the minister of health, Professor Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu who was pleased by the gesture said that though the Saving One Million Lives Initiative was established by Professor Muhammed Ali Pate he would partner with the alliance to see that their goal was achieved.

He noted that partnership was needed to ensure the passage of the National Health bill and the successful implementation of the Universal Health bill which would go along way in improving the health indices of the country.

Former minister of state for health and co- chair of the alliance, Dr Muhammed Ali Pate told the gathering that Saving One Million Initiative entails the private sector working closely with government to demonstrate commitment to saving the lives of Nigerians, thereby pushing the drive for sustainable healthcare service delivery.

The meeting was attended by all board members of the alliance including, Mr Jim Ovia, Muhammed Ali Pate, Mrs Sola David Borha, the governor of Bauchi state, Isa Yuguda and the governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada.

Other international partners at the event included the representative of USAID Mr Micheal Harvey, President Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Mr Mark Suzman, Mrs Toyin Saraki, UNICEF Country Director, Ms Jean Gough, officials from the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), General Electric (GE), Pharmacies, KPMG among other guest attended the event.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Private sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, Dr Muntaqa Umar Sadiq said that the alliance intends to save one million lives by focusing on innovation, strategic partnership, advocacy and impact investment.

"Our mission is to mobilise a coalition of private sector members and leverage their collective capabilities to realize synergies for catalytic impact in health outcomes.

His continued, "facilitate investments, unlock new local markets as well as shape new investment in underserved segments of the health value chain."

Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Ado Muhammad said the prompt intervention of the private sector in the health sector has started yielding positive results with the reduction of vaccine preventable diseases.

He cited the increase in immunization of children and cut down in the spread of polio as practical examples of benefits in Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Source: allAfrica

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