Enhancing national health security: NCDC conducts NAPHS implementation review meeting
In 2017, the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) conducted the Joint External Evaluation to determine country’s level of preparedness and strength across the 13 core capacities of the International Health Regulations. Since then, the NCDC has been employing diverse strategies to ensure these capacities are strengthened. Part of the efforts of the NCDC was to lead the development of the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS).
The NAPHS is a five-year plan developed to address critical gaps identified following the JEE. This was done in collaboration with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the FGN, World Health Organisation and other key development partners. With 19 technical areas and over 600 activities, the NCDC has continued to play a coordination role through close monitoring of the implementation of these activities.
Asides implementation of activities in the NAPHS, the FGN has also hugely invested in COVID-19 response activities. With this in mind, it became imperative at this crucial time, to review progress made vis a vis NAPHS implementation status. The NCDC, in conjunction with the afore-mentioned partners, conducted a two-day NAPHS implementation workshop from 9th -10th June, 2021 aimed at supporting technical areas to update their implementation status and score themselves (self-assessment).
The workshop methodology involved power-point presentations, key documents review and group work. Tools from strategic actions recommended by JEE 2017, benchmark as at the midterm JEE, and activity listed in the NAPHS tracker were also utilised. In attendance were focal persons from the 19 technical areas as well as representatives from the WHO and other key partners.
Key outputs from the workshop were:
Development of NAPHS monitoring and evaluation plan for the country
Updated NAPHS tracker
Updated list of technical areas leads
Identified and proffered solutions to challenges faced by different technical areas
Improved coordination among MDAs
Given the diverse players within and outside the health sector required for the implementation of the NAPHS, this workshop provided a unique opportunity to ensure alignment and improved communication across MDAs. We are pleased with improved scores and more accountability across all technical areas, even though we are still below optimal targets. The critical next step is to convene another workshop for the validation of scores across all technical areas.
We are grateful to our partners for their commitment and support thus far. Given the importance of inter-sectoral coordination, NCDC will continue to play her national coordination role working closely with relevant MDAs in ensuring Nigerians are protected from epidemic-prone diseases and other public health threats.
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