Tackling Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5: the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) approach in Nigeria

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Shafiu Mohammed
Hengjin Dong *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Hengjin Dong | donghj@zju.edu.cn

Abstract

Developing countries are devising various strategies and mechanisms to accelerate their speed towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. In Nigeria, different approaches have been used to address the tackling of health-related MDGs. One creative approach has been the implementation of the NHIS Maternal and Child Health (NHIS-MCH) Project. The project aims to speed up the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5 (reducing child mortality and improving maternal health) in the country. Little is known about the NHISMCH Project’s design and health insurance coverage activities. Project planning and monitoring could be hampered by lack of technical and managerial skills of health insurance most especially at middle and local levels. Challenging debates continue to emanate on the project’s sustainability.

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Shafiu Mohammed, Institute of Public Health, Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University

Institute of Public Health, Research fellow

Hengjin Dong, Centre for Health Policy and Management Studies, Zhejiang University School of Medicine

Executive Director