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ICT for Saving One Million Lives in Nigeria (ICT4SOML)

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ICT for Saving One Million Lives in Nigeria (ICT4SOML)

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, the government of Nigeria launched the “Saving One Million Lives” (SOML) initiative in 2012 as a way to scale up access to essential primary health services and commodities for Nigeria’s women and children.

To advance SOML efforts, in late 2013 the UN Foundation partnered with the Nigerian Federal Ministries of Health and  Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), along with Intel and GSMA, to strategically and systematically assess the environment for ICTs for health and address critical gaps in policy, capacity, standards and interoperability. The ICT4SOML project convened 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.

The ICT4SOML initiative has engaged more than 150 stakeholders from over 50 government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector organizations, donors, and implementing institutions to design a National Health ICT Strategic Framework that is ready to deploy at state and national levels.  In March 2016, the Nigerian National Council on Health approved and passed this strategic framework, paving the way for more integrated and strategic deployment of ICTs to advance health access and health systems across the country.