With almost a fifth of Africa’s population and the largest economy, Nigeria is widely regarded as one of the region’s most strategically important countries. However, the country’s health indices do not reflect its socio-economic potential as 83 million residents, out of a total population of just above 200 million, lack access to basic healthcare services.
Recent democratic and institutional developments present an opportunity for optimism for better health outcomes in the country. Strong political leadership and commitment coupled with sufficiently robust institutional capability, capacity and accountability remain critical to the successful implementation and delivery of UHC in the country.
This research event will discuss the key challenges Nigeria’s health system faces in responding to COVID-19 and how Nigeria can best address these challenges and accelerate progress towards UHC to build resilience for future health security threats.
The discussion will aim to:
• Address the current policy and implementation challenges and offer viable options and solutions for improvement and success.
• Identify options for global collaborative efforts and opportunities for working together to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes in the country.
• Facilitate the exchange of ideas and aspirations regarding the delivery of health improvements in Nigeria.