The PACFaH project was a three-year project (2014 – 2017) funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by HERFON. It is a social accountability investment project implemented through the strategy of building partnership and network to address four key health issues: Nutrition, routine immunisation, family planning (FP) and childhood killer diseases.
Advocated & secured the passage of the 2014 National Health Act by the National Assembly (NASS) and supported its signing into Law by President Good luck Jonathan through the Health Sector Reform Coalition
The SACE project was a five-year project (November 2014 to October 2019) funded by USAID and managed by HERFON. The goal of this project was to contribute to improvements in Nigeria’s MNCH outcomes through strengthening of civil society capacity and increasing engagement between demand and supply side actors.
The project was implemented using an innovative Anchor – Cluster Approach wherein HERFON as an Anchor CSO provides mentorship and transfers capacity to other CSOs with less capacity (cluster members)
The Advocacy for Primary Health Care Reform (APHCR) was a three-year (September 2013 to August 2016) ‘Accountable Grant’ funded by UK Department for International Development in Nigeria (DfID) and managed by HERFON. The project attained an ‘A’ rating during the annual performance appraisal conducted by DFID. The project was aimed at contributing to improvements in health outcomes by fostering key reforms at the National and State level in three core areas: Primary Heath Care under One Roof (PHCOUR), Free Maternal, New–born and Child policy, and National Health Bill
In October 2013, HERFON received a grant from PATH to advocate for basket Funding for Routine Immunization (RI) in Nasarawa State. RI, which has been described as one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, has generally been on the decline in Nigeria with the North West, North East and North Central zones where Nasarawa State is located, being the most affected.
Policy on Basket Funding for Primary Health Care service delivery in Nasarawa State, starting with Routine Immunisation, was prescribed by most stakeholders as a viable and sustainable approach to improving coverage and quality of service
HERFON led the advocacy efforts focused on incremental budgetary allocation or creation of budget
line for malaria control activities, implementation of State malaria action plan, free airtime for radio/TV jingles, use of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN) and Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT) among others in target states comprising Niger, Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Katsina, Anambra, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna and Yobe. HERFON is also working collaboratively with three other program-implementing partners (CHAN, CHAN MEDIPHARM, CCPN, and FOMWAN) to increase community awareness and demand for effective malaria treatment and prevention.
In a bid to sustain advocacy around the implementation of the National Health Act, HERFON in the first quarter of 2015 applied for a small grant under Round Three of the Health Policy Action Fund (HPAF) which was launched by Oxfam in 2010 and supported by the International Health Partnership and related initiatives (IHP+) and World Health Organization (WHO). HERFON is the only NGO in Nigeria currently implementing the grant alongside other NGOs from among Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Gambia, Uganda, Mozambique, Cameroun and Cape Verde Islands.