The portal is meant to complement the government’s efforts to saving about one million women and children lost every year from preventable diseases, to diarrhoea and malnutrition.
The Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria’s chief executive, Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq said the initiative would also help improve health care delivery and meeting the millennium development goals.
“We convened the first ever health community of practice for the health sector in Nigeria and launching the health innovation challenge with the target of saving one million lives of women and children,” said Umar-Sadiq at the launch of the virtual portal.
“We are touched by the genuine commitment of the private sector leaders in Nigeria to mobilise resources, capabilities and expertise to advance health outcomes through innovation and partnerships.”
Umar-Sadiq said his organisation believed this marked the first step towards leapfrogging and enabling Nigeria to meet its health goals.
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“This movement to save one million lives of women and children is a paradigm shift in the health sector from focusing on inputs to focusing on outcomes and results,” he added.
“Through the health innovation challenge, we engage health leaders and stakeholders to develop problem statements that if addressed will help unnecessary deaths.”
Umar-Sadiq added that many of other African countries such as Ethiopia and Malawi have been able to meet their health MDGs by spurring thousands of innovations either through process, product, technological or market innovations.
“Most of these countries have a convergence platform that helped to identify, nurture, shape, scale up and invest in promising innovations and in Nigeria we do not have that,” lamented Umar-Sadiq.
“In Nigeria we continue to have constrains that continue to impede our innovators from achieving scale and from having sustainable impact such as support systems, visibility, lack of convergence platforms, lack of data and lack of coordination.”