SOML

Save one Million Lives Program (SOML PforR)

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The SOML Initiative was launched by the President of Nigeria in October 2012 in response to the poor health outcomes in the country, particularly for mothers and children. It is estimated that almost 1 million women and children die yearly, largely from preventable causes. SOML represents a bold attempt to improve maternal and child health outcomes so that they are more in keeping with the country’s level of wealth; and focuses on six important aspects (pillars) of maternal newborn and child health (MNCH) that can save lives.

The pillars are:

(1) Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

(2) Improving routine immunization coverage and achieving polio eradication

(3) Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

(4) Scaling up access to essential medicines and commodities

(5) Malaria control

(6) Improving child nutrition.

This is a World Bank initiative to the FMoH to support states to improve Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and Population using a result-based financing model. HERFON was represented in all the zonal meeting to discuss “The Role of Civil Society Organizations in the Implementation” and is currently working together with the FMoH to achieve the desired result. Process is ongoing for HERFON to develop a dashboard for quarterly monitoring of the program which will be used to develop a performance scorecard.!

This is a World Bank US$500Million credit to the FMoH to support states to improve Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and Population using a result-based financing model. HERFON was represented in all the Zonal meeting with a presentation on “The Role of Civil Society Organizations in the Implementation” and also developed a concept note with specific work streams.

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The Program for Results (PforR) is a performance based program of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGON) assisted by the World Bank. It supports the Government’s existing Saving One Million Lives (SOML) initiative by providing incentives based on achievement of results (health outcomes) and helping to drive institutional processes needed to achieve them. The Program-for-Results (PforR) is not a typical World Bank project which focuses on inputs and activities for procurement using World Bank rules and procedures. Rather, it uses country systems and processes, giving health managers substantial autonomy in managing and producing health results.

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