MEASURE Evaluation worked in Nigeria for more than a decade and recently USAID has asked us to return to help assess malaria control efforts, working with the Nigerian Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) and its partners on a rapid impact assessment (RIA) in four states, supported by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

In any country, a coordinated mechanism to collect and analyze health data is essential to manage health services and respond to health emergencies. In Nigeria, multiple health information systems (HIS) run in parallel and lack coordination among national and subnational levels. In addition, the country has inadequate standardized procedures that would move it toward achieving a unified national HIS that functions well.

To learn how this work is continuing after the MEASURE Evaluation project, please visit Data for Impact and TB DIAH.

A high-functioning HIS should enable collecting and generating quality data that can be used by all relevant stakeholders for planning, for health sector review, for program monitoring, and for quality improvement and reporting. MEASURE Evaluation worked in Nigeria for more than a decade to support national, state and local governments to develop monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system across health areas. MEASURE Evaluation’s work focused on HIS strengthening; building capacity for M&E of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other health programs; strengthening community-based information systems, especially for programs reaching orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and for rigorous research.

Activities included:

  • Strengthening the Nigeria Health Management Information System (NHMIS) through support to governance and leadership structures, the development of an updated and validated master facility list and health facility registry and harmonization of indicators across programs;
  • Strengthening the Nigeria OVC Management Information System (NOMIS) through support to key stakeholders, revision of the directory of OVC providers, and updates of OVC data collection tools and electronic system;
  • Technical support to the Nigeria Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) for the development and implementation of a Nigeria-specific national malaria surveillance and M&E workshop;
  • Support to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to strengthen surveillance capacity around tuberculosis, meningitis and other infectious diseases;
  • Research including the Nigeria Malaria Assessment, PEPFAR MER Indicator Outcome Monitoring Survey, and secondary analysis of the Nigeria Malaria Indicator Survey.

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