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ICT for Saving One Million Lives in Nigeria (ICT4SOML)

ICT for Saving One Million Lives in Nigeria (ICT4SOML)

On October 16, 2012, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria officially launched the "Saving One Million Lives" (SOML) initiative during an international conference in Abuja. This ambitious and comprehensive initiative aims to scale up access to essential primary health services and commodities for Nigeria's women and children. Through the initiative, the Government of Nigeria has pledged to save one million lives by 2015, building on growing international momentum behind child and maternal survival, including the UN Secretary-General's Every Women Every Child movement and the UN Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women and Children.

In support of the Federal Ministry of Health's ability to leverage Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) strategically and systematically, the ICT4SOML project – comprised of the UN Foundation, Intel, GSMA, the Saving One Million Lives office and other key partners in Nigeria – is working to assess the enabling environment for ICTs for health and address critical gaps in policy, capacity, standards and interoperability. ICT4SOML is convening key stakeholders to develop the strategies, frameworks and guidelines needed to maximize the potential of investments in technology, which can in turn strengthen the health system and save lives.

Specifically, the ICT4SOML project will help the Federal Ministry of Health develop an ICT Framework to guide its use of ICTs in Nigeria related to Saving One Million Lives. Additionally, ICT4SOML is focusing on the scale up of high-priority ICT-based programs, including demand generation of maternal-child health services through direct client messaging, mobile payments for conditional cash transfers, mobile inventory tracking of essential commodities, and the scale up of the National Health Management Information System. This collaborative work aims to support the Nigerian Federal Ministries of Health and Federal Ministry of Communication Technology in the strategic planning and systematic scale up of ICTs to advance SOML goals and ultimately save the lives of one million women and children by 2015.

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