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Enhancing Ownership of the Strategic Health Development Plan II in Ebonyi, Nigeria: Critical Steps in Policy Development

Publish Date: October 2019
Author: MCSP

In Nigeria, the 2010-2015 Ebonyi State Strategic Health Development Plan (SSHDP I) was the state’s first-ever integrated health plan. As SSHDP I came to a close, the Ebonyi State Ministry of Health (SMOH) reached out to partners including MCSP to support the development of SSHDP II (2018-2022). Given the state’s limited success under SSHDP I, SSHDP II needed to be “designed to significantly improve on the performance of the first SSHDP.”

The potential impact of effective SSHDP II implementation is large. According to the SSHDP II Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan, “when fully implemented, [SSHDP II activities] will improve the quality and coverage of health services. The overall benefits will translate into strengthening of the state health system and provision of health infrastructure, equipment, capacity building of health service providers, strategies for task sharing and shifting, and ultimately in reduction in morbidity and mortality.”