Health Care Federation of Nigeria

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On the 18th of June 2015, at the Shehu Yar’adua Centre in Abuja, about four hundred Nigerians passionate about their health sector gathered for “Future of Health”.

It was a conference organised by NigeriaHealth Watchto help chart the agenda for health under the new administration.

Our speakers were all provocative and thoughtful, drawing from their deep knowledge of various aspects of the Nigerian health system. 

NHIS meeting ABujaThe National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was formally launched in 2005 as a vehicle for increased access to affordable and quality health care.

Though armed with the mandate to achieve universal health coverage, it covers only 4.5 million people (approx.) or less than 4% of the population.

Of this figure, majority of the enrolled citizens are federal government employees through the formal sector social health insurance scheme.

HFN at East Africa Health Summit in London in May 2015The EAHF Conference was held on the 17th to 19th of May, 2015. It was a platform to discuss and encourage the region’s governments to carry out reform programmes that would spur public-private partnerships in health care with major focus on healthcare and technology, financing opportunities for health care, enabling and encouraging operating environment and other related topics.

On hand to represent the HFN was the Executive Secretary, Dr Itunu Akinware. In her presentation, she examined the Ebola Response in Nigeria.

IFC Global Private Healthcare ConferenceBetween May 12th and 13th, 2015, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) hosted the Global Private Healthcare Conference for leaders in the health care industry from developed and emerging markets to exchange ideas, knowledge and best practices. The conference proved to be an opportunity at forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones. The HFN was ably represented by a 13-man delegation led by members of the Executive Committee.

The 2015 event – themed ‘Global Challenges, Local Experiences’ – served to pull together experiences from the different parts of the world with the aim of applying those experiences to the respective contexts of the participants.

ebola roundtableOn the 4th May, 2015, a ‘Roundtable Discussion on Ebola Experience in Nigeria’ jointly organised by the World Bank Group and World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) held to discuss Nigeria’s recent experience with the Ebola epidemic and the lessons learnt there-from for future national and regional public-private action. . The Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN) was invited to this closed door meeting to discuss issues surrounding the Ebola pandemic. Other participants include the Dangote Group, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Heirs Holdings, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, amongst others.

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