This a Federal Government–led intervention to improve maternal and child health with states’ ministries of health as partners. The Minister for Health have to say:
This programme would monitor the flow of resources to pay for results, outcomes and impacts, rather than simply pay for processes or reimburse costs. it is being funded from a N140 billion ($500 million) World Bank credit, was negotiated by the Federal Government from which $1.5million had been disbursed to states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The programme, is expected to deliver high impact, evidence-based and cost effective health interventions based on six ‘pillars’, namely: Maternal, newborn and child health, childhood essential medicines and increase treatment of importanI childhood diseases, improve child nutrition, immunisation malaria control and the elimination of mother to child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV.
The minister said the initiative was not new, but that it would give a new lease of life to the National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) and State Strategic Health Development Plans (SHDPs) through innovative financing mechanism.