Gem Hub Initiative began with a vision to create meaningful change, and recent projects have shown the transformative power of our initiatives. Thanks to the support of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) and PAI for the Global Goods Fund, we conducted a pivotal case study on aligning global health initiatives with national health priorities.

Central to our mission was the goal of bridging the gap between various stakeholders, from government bodies to international partners and civil society organizations (CSOs). This journey, though challenging, propelled us into a significant sphere of influence. We captured the attention of key leaders across governmental, international, and civil society domains, sparking crucial conversations about alignment, collaboration, and coordinated action.

Our project coincided with a major political transition in 2023, bringing new leadership at federal and state levels. Notably, figures like Dr. Mohammed Ali Pate and Dr. Muyi Aina brought fresh energy and vision to the health sector. The Honorable Minister of Health launched the Nigeria Health Sector Renewal Investment Program (NSHRIP), aiming for effective governance, improved health outcomes, value chain optimization, and enhanced sector security. While commendable, our stakeholder interactions revealed important nuances and gaps in the proposed framework, prompting critical reflections and adjustments.

A significant shift among key partners, including GAVI, UNICEF, and USAID, emphasized transparency and inclusivity in their investment processes. These organizations now involve a diverse array of CSOs in shaping strategies and priorities, marking a departure from traditional practices. For instance, the NPHCDA engaged CSOs in setting priorities for GAVI’s investment in Nigeria.

Looking forward, we anticipate our study will foster alignment and coordination at national and sub-national levels, transcending disciplinary boundaries. We also expect to identify critical gaps within the NSHRIP framework, offering opportunities for targeted advocacy and paving the way for a resilient and inclusive health sector.

The case study culminated in a successful Validation Workshop, where we shared findings with MDAs, CSOs, youths, international partners, community groups, and healthcare workers. One Ward Development Committee Chairman expressed his excitement at being included and highlighted the need for effective community involvement in identifying and solving issues. This feedback underscores the importance of local ownership and solutions.

The Dissemination Webinar attracted participants globally, with registrants requesting recordings. Ten prominent CSO actors from Nigeria expressed interest in leveraging the case study to influence the current direction of the Coordinating Minister of Health on the Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp). This engagement promises to further our goal of impactful, coordinated action in the health sector.

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