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Rabi Sani

country director

Kyle Charles

program officer

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.

Stories and Highlights

In Nigeria, a state-level health COP shows the power of convening

July 3, 2018
Reducing diarrheal disease among children is a major goal of the global health community. Although it is both preventable and treatable, it is the second leading cause of death among children under 5...

With support, an HIV-positive mother in Nigeria gives her baby the gift of health

May 11, 2018
In Nigeria’s Bayelsa State, awareness about HIV and AIDS is improving, but many people are still hesitant to be tested, including pregnant women. They make up a critical demographic because proper...

A health center in Nigeria comes back to life

May 11, 2018
Across the Niger Delta region, it is not uncommon for government health centers to stand empty and unused. For community members, this leaves few options. Some visit ill-informed alternative medicine...

After her husband's death, WORTH becomes a lifeline for a mom in Nigeria

May 11, 2018
Money was always tight for Florence Engman’s family. She and her husband had four children, and he was the sole breadwinner. It was often a stretch to feed everyone on her husband’s income. So when...

Pact, Chevron partnership tests nearly 60,000 pregnant women for HIV in Bayelsa State

April 26, 2018
Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture (JV), and Pact, an international nongovernmental organization, announced results from their prevention of mother-to-child...

In the fight against HIV and AIDS, private-sector partnerships are a powerful tool

November 29, 2017
When Ebi found out she was HIV-positive, the news was almost too much to bear. Pregnant with her fifth child, she’d only taken the test because of Pact’s PROMOT II project, which had organized a...
Dickson Boumono, a WORTH participant in Nigeria

With better financial footing, families able to make health gains in Nigeria

October 11, 2017
Dickson Boumono has her hands full with five children. Boumono and her family live in Southern Ijaw, an area in Bayelsa, one of Nigeria’s coastal states. To make ends meet, the 45-year-old mother...

Supply and demand: targeting providers and moms to improve kids' health in Nigeria

May 15, 2017
An integrated approach in Nigeria targets government and health care providers on one hand, and mothers and their children’s health on the other.
Development stakeholders discuss priorities for Nigeria.

Working together to set a vision for Nigeria’s future

March 2, 2017
I have been working in development for more than 12 years, after making a switch from the private sector, where I had worked for 8 years. Within the development sector, I have worked for different...

Local solutions in action: How Pact is using human-centered design to act on beneficiary feedback

November 2, 2016
One of Pact’s core values is local solutions. In short, this means we believe that true success can only come from solutions created in partnership with the people we serve. It’s why Pact’s...