Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has reiterated government’s commitment to actualising operationalisation of Saving One Million Lives, SOML, programme for the benefit of Nigerians.
Adewole disclosed this at a workshop organised for Health Commissioners in the North-West states and Yobe state in Kaduna.
This was contained in press release signed by Olajide Oshundun, assistant director, Media and Public Relations, at the Health Ministry and sent to Nigeria Pilot yesterday.
In the release, the minster explained that that the Saving One Million Lives programme was in consistent with the ministry’s goal for Universal Health Coverage and also in line with other strategic documents such as the National Strategic Health Development Plan, NSHDP, and the National Vision 20:2020.
He stressed that SOML P was a federal government-led intervention to improve maternal and child health through a result-focused partnership with state ministries of health, adding that it was also designed to facilitate and structure the flow of resources to pay for results, which are desired goals, outcomes and impacts than simply paying for process or reimbursing activity costs.
Adewole further said that the programme was package for high impact, evidence-based, and cost-effective health intervention known as the six pillars, namely maternal, newborn and child health, childhood essential medicines and increasing treatment of important childhood diseases.
It also includes improving child nutrition, immunisation, malaria control and the elimination of Mother to Child Transmission, MCT, of HIV.
In addition to the six pillars, the SOML programme also includes two enablers promoting innovation and the use of information and communications technology and improving the supply and distribution chain.
He informed that the programme would provide funds to the federal and state governments based on achievement of results across a set five Disbursement Linked Indicators, DLIs,DLI 1- Increasing Utilization of High Impact Reproductive and Child Health and Nutrition, DLI 2-
Increasing Quality of High Impact Reproductive and child Health and Nutrition Interventions, DLI 3, Improving M&E Systms and Data Utilization, DLI 4- Increasing Utilisation and Quality of Reproductive and Child Health and Health and Nutrition Intervention through private sector Innovations and DLI 5- Increasing Transparency in Management and Budgeting for PHC.
He pointed out that each state could be rewarded for improvements in performance from their own baseline, this means that each state would compete against its previous baseline, adding that an Independent Verification Agent, IVA, could be recruited to review and validate any data that was generated on progress as an external check to avoid chances of gaming the system.
The IVA would also examine the results of the Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transition household surveys and the health facility surveys to calculate how much should be paid to each state.

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