By Joy Odor
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration has signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of the revitalization of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) health care system to deliver quality, affordable, and sustainable preventive and primary health care services.
The MOU establishes a formal collaboration and commitments to delineating shared objectives, such as clear governance and technical roles and responsibilities, as well as mutual accountability through joint periodic reviews of progress using a predetermined set of indicators, milestones, and targets.
“USAID is happy to solidify our support to FCT’s health systems strengthening goals” said Anne Patterson, USAID Nigeria’s Mission Director.
“The FCT administration’s desire and commitment to reach these goals has spurred USAID’s interest in this partnership. I know that the integrated approach adopted by the territory will go a long way to advance its journey to self-reliance.”
USAID expects to apply best practices and provide high-level technical expertise to help the FCT meet its health improvement goals and operationalize their health plans and reform strategies. As part of this effort, USAID plans to commit $45 million over five years for FCT through four existing health activities – the Integrated Health Program, Breakthrough Action, Health Workforce Management, and the Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management.
The FCT Administration has committed to improving financing and management of resources, including staff, with all elements needed to run a strong Primary Health Care program. The initial focus is to overcome governance and budgetary limitations and then focus on supply and demand side barriers to Primary Health Care service delivery; particularly on improving quality of care and strengthening the health system.
“I am very happy about the signing of this MOU,” said Dr. Mohammed Kawu, the Acting Secretary for Health and Human Services Secretariat. “USAID has been very supportive of the FCT in so many projects. Signing this MOU will be a great help to us in delivering primary care health services, especially as we struggle with the COVID-19 crisis.”
During the five-year implementation of the MOU, the FCT Administration will contribute to cost-effective interventions related to the partnership that can be sustained beyond the life of the agreement.