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VOICES FROM OSUN(2) HP+ JOINS NIGERIA STAKEHOLDERS IN CELEBRATING KEY MILESTONE

Health Policy Plus (HP+) is a five-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by a consortium of partners, led by Palladium. HP+ provides technical assistance to governments, civil society, and the private sector to effectively engage in domestic resource mobilization, establish sustainable financing and accountability mechanisms, and make progress toward expanding health coverage.

On 3rd May, 2019, Osun State (one of HP+ supported states in Nigeria) became the first state in the country to begin enrolment of clients for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). This national milestone was witnessed by key stakeholders in Nigeria. Find below, images and voices from the national roll-out of the BHCPF in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The Osun State cultural troupe dazzled, heralding the start of event as key stakeholders in the state arrive the venue of the national roll-out of the BHCPF.
Members of the nursing and midwifery association in Osun State were in attendance.
Members of the Isale Agbara community in Osun State were around to witness the day.
Dignitaries from the national, state and development community also graced the occassion
Dr. Kolapo Oyeniyi (HP+ Osun State Team lead) with Osun state elders.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole: "We call the BHCPF, Huwe, meaning life. We believe that through this program, there will be life for all Nigerians. Through this program, money will come directly to this facility for the first time in the history of our country. In the process, Osun State stands to benefit about 916 million naira in the next nine months. We have set up a robust accountability mechanism to ensure compliance."
Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola: "We shall ensure effective implementation of the BHCPF. These are : (a) antenatal care, child delivery care and free immunization for pregnant women; (b) free immunization for children, treatment for malaria, measles, pneumonia, dysentery and malnutrition for children below five years; (c) free family planning services, and screening for diabetes and hypertension for all adults."
HP+ Nigeria Country Director, Onoriode Ezire: “We at HP+ are excited to be here. Congrats to Osun State, you’re not just the first but the only state in Nigeria that piloted BHCPF. You did it for three months. The learning from the pilot will be influencing what is happening, moving forward. We hope that beyond the launch, access will be improved and this will continue to address maternal and infant mortality in the state.”
Stakeholders line up to begin enrolment of clients at the Isale Agbara Primary Health Care center.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole enrolling a client for the BHCPF at the Isale Agbara Primary Health Care center.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola completes the enrolment of a client for the BHCPF at the Isale Agbara Primary Health Care center.
Chairman House Committee on Health, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Leke Ogunsola enrolling a client for the BHCPF.
Enrolled beneficiaries and staff of the Isale Agbara Primary Health Care center in a group photo.
Happy ending to a happy day. With appreciation from HP+ Nigeria Country Director, Onoriode Ezire, to all who contributed in making this day a success.
Credits: HP+ Communications and Knowledge Management

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