Through funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), HSCL is implementing a 5-year support to Lagos, Bauchi and Yobe States for the operationalisation of their States’ health insurance scheme. The project will also strengthen the strategic purchasing of a benefit package that fully integrates family planning (FP) and maternal new-born and child health (MNCH) services.
HSCL has so far supported the Lagos State Government (LASG) to achieve the following milestones:
Increasing Demand Creation for Health Insurance in Lagos
FP/MNCH Integration with Lagos State Health Insurance Package
Enhancing Provider Readiness in Lagos
Development of Consolidated Technical Assistance (TA) Plans for Government Agencies in Lagos, Bauchi and Yobe States
Engagement with other partners in the state helped identify their areas of support which was then pooled together into a common TA plan for the agency. The plan which was signed off by the management of HEFAMAA is helping them improve partner coordination and funds efficiency and reprogramming where there are overlaps, to underfunded priorities.
The Bauchi and Yobe state health insurance scheme is relatively new with the Bauchi State Contributory Health Management Agency (BASCHMA) and Yobe State Contributory Health Management established in 2018 and 2019, respectively. HSCL provided technical assistance to BASCHMA and YOSCHMA to scope technical assistance needs towards the design and roll-out of their health insurance schemes.
The resultant consolidated TA plan for the agencies from this scoping exercise now serves as a benchmark for the assignment of TA roles to partners supporting strategic purchasing in the state. This support has helped the agencies with a system view of its needs, available resources, and the capacity to optimize partners’ support.
“The BASHCMA Technical Assistance Plan has become a guiding document for mapping and assigning external support to the agency and scheme based on priority needs without duplication and it improves on the management of partners.”
Dr Mansur Mustapha Dada
Executive Secretary of BASHCMA
“We are happy to have this support from the project, most especially that the TA plan has brought out the areas of technical support for the roll-out of particularly the informal sector scheme”
Dr Muhammed Gana
HCH, Yobe state
Landscape Assessment of Quality Assurance/ Quality Improvement (QA/QI) in Lagos State
“Through the QA landscaping supported by HSCL/SP4FP Project, we are now planning the development of consolidated QA tools and protocols for health care organizations in Lagos State.”
Dr Abiola Idowu
Executive Secretary HEFAMA