Report on the use of the 2006 John Guest Phillips Memorial Travelling Scholarship

 

I used the ‘John Guest Phillips Memorial Travelling Scholarship’ to purchase the return flight ticket for attending the National Primary Healthcare Stakeholder Forum in Abuja, Nigeria.  The forum was a two-day event hosted by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency in Abuja, Nigeria and covered diverse areas ranging from planning, policy, legislative, financing to implementation of primary care systems and infrastructure. The first day featured the opening ceremony and presentations and position papers from the public sector organisations followed by break-up sessions to discuss the key issues raised. The second day featured perspectives from the private sector, academics, civil society groups and international development agencies followed by break-up sessions to discuss the key issues raised. At the closing ceremony, the summary of the break-up sessions were collated and discussed, and the adopted views were to form the basis for the forum communiqué. I presented the conceptual model for sustainable procurement of primary healthcare facilities in Nigeria during one of the break-up sessions. 

 

The model was developed following earlier preliminary studies I conducted on the Nigerian healthcare sector and from tested positive lessons and best practices within the UK healthcare sector and elsewhere. The model also fit into the Nigerian Government’s plan to involve private sector, whenever feasible, to increase healthcare investments and the current reform agenda of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health. The model proposed a public-private partnership arrangement as the vehicle for delivering the desired improvements in the healthcare sector. More specifically, the model recommended the establishment of a public regulatory agency to provide opportunity for facilitating effective sharing of lessons and best practices, standardisation of processes and documentation, and for strengthening the accountability framework of the proposed model.

 

A strong and effective network was also established with key stakeholders in the Nigerian healthcare sector from the public, private, civil society, and international development sectors. The experience and expertise of these partners were used to evaluate the proposed model after the presentation. The evaluation was aimed at assessing the comprehensiveness of the model components, the underlying logic between the components, and the usefulness, practicality and applicability of the proposed model. Very interesting practical implementation and legal issues were raised, which will further refine the final model.

 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Prizes Committee for considering my application for the award, which made my trip to Nigeria possible thereby enabling me to evaluate the conceptual model that was developed following preliminary results from earlier investigations. It also provided me with the opportunity to establish excellent first hand network with key stakeholders in the Nigerian healthcare sector, thus creating the foundation for future collaborations.

 

 

Ahmed Doko Ibrahim

Department of Civil and Building Engineering,

Loughborough University.