In April 2013 in Nigeria, a woman holds her infant at Father Matthias Health Care Centre in the town of Naka, a Local Government Area of Benue State. ©UNICEF/Eslebo


Nigeria in its 2013 national plan in support of the UN Commission’s recommendations, sought  to increase access to priority life-saving commodities for women and children.

In 2015, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health was supported to develop and update policy documents and technical guidelines. The Ministry developed key messages and translated these key messages into local IEC materials, updated national list of Essential Medical Equipment, reviewed the pre-service curricula of community health practitioners, updated integrated supportive supervision checklists and worked on training of trainers on Essential Newborn Care in selected states.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) achieved the establishment of the local Amoxicillin manufacturers’ forum and in addition implemented technical and supervisory support to local manufacturers. States with high burden of child morbidity and mortality were support to establish and strengthen state level committees (clinical advisory boards) to avail the lifesaving commodities. Close to 500 community health extension workers from these states were trained in IMCI case management and Helping Babies Breathe.

Civil society organizations worked closely with national and state authorities on supply and demand side interventions such as developing an iCCM framework, developing IEC materials and job aids, and PSAs, providing forecasting and quantification support or helping develop  a market shaping strategy and provide technical support to local manufacturers.


The graph below summarizes the country context and the  achievements to date with the support that the country has received.


Nigeria - Infographics


Track Results

Nigeria - Track Results