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For more than a decade, Pact has been promoting democracy and improving health in Nigeria, a complex country that is home to more people than any other African nation.
With funding partners that include Chevron and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pact is using local solutions and building the capacity of Nigerian organizations to create lasting impact.
Starting in Nigeria with the USAID ADVANCE project in 2005, we’ve forged partnerships between government and civil society, resulting in the passage of four significant national bills to fight corruption, including the landmark Freedom of Information Act in 2011.
Our current work in Nigeria focuses on improving maternal, newborn and child health and stopping the spread of HIV.
Pact and its partners are making sure that mothers and children receive timely, effective health services. Our work is addressing Nigeria’s high child mortality rate by reducing cases of diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria, which together are responsible for more than half of the country’s child deaths. Working with the government, community-based organizations and the private sector, Pact has sustainably increased medicine supplies and boosted early care-seeking in rural communities.
We’re also reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in northeast Nigeria by building the capacity of local organizations and agencies to address the problem.
In Bayelsa state, Pact and its local partners are reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission by increasing HIV awareness and testing and training Nigerian health workers.
Between 2005 and 2015, Pact provided health education to nearly 350,000 Nigerians, built the capacity of more than 120 local organizations, and trained more than 31,000 people, including health workers, local government staff and staff of community and civil society organizations.