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Gates Foundation launches initiative to strengthen PHC services in 10 states

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has launched a non -profit organisation aimed at supporting 10 states in Nigeria...

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has launched a non-profit organisation aimed at supporting 10 states in Nigeria to strengthen their primary health care (PHC) service delivery.

The states are Kaduna, Kano, Nassarawa, Gombe, Borno , Niger, Yobe , Lagos , Bauchi and Sokoto.

Speaking during the launch of the organization called Technical Advice Connect (TAConnect) in Abuja, Country Director, Gates Foundation, Jeremie Zoungrana said the prog provides technical assistance on demand to focal states who seek to advance their primary health care strengthening agenda.

He said it provides more visibility to local organizations that have required capacity to support states in their PHC transformation journey.

“Through TAConnect we now have local organisations joining the BMGF eco-system for the first time . And TAConnect implements the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that we have with our several engagement states,” he said.

Executive Director, TAConnect, Dr Lilian Anomnachi said the organization envisions becoming the leading enabler of cost effective technical assistance solutions even beyond Nigerian borders.

She said this would in turn provide increased collaboration, coordination, learning and impact to all her partners and stakeholders.

While saying that the organization has commenced work in eight states, she said it hopes to scale up to two other states by the end of the next quatre.

Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, who was represented by Daniel Ottoh, said the TAConnect would help improve PHC services at the grassroots, and reduce maternal and child mortality in the country.