Welcome to the launch of the EU-SIGN website! EU-SIGN, which stands for European Union Support to Immunisation Governance in Nigeria. The EU-SIGN Project Nigeria is a seven-year (2011-2018) health systems strengthening project to increase access to and utilisation of immunisation services within an integrated Primary Health Care service delivery system.
EU-SIGN is funded by the European Union and the Project will be implemented at the Federal level through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Abuja, and in twenty-three EU-SIGN target States of Abia, Cross River, Gombe, Kebbi, Osun, Plateau, Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Ebonyi, Anambra, Kogi, Kwara, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kano including the FCT in Nigeria.
In partnership with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the Technical Assistance Team (TAT) works with the State Governments to build primary health care and immunisation capacity in the States to improve the health status of Nigerian children. EU-SIGN also contributes to the national effort to eliminate polio in the country.
Nigeria reached a major milestone some months ago with the declaration that Nigeria as no-longer polio endemic. It is a monumental accomplishment and one which we commend our partners on the hard and tiresome work they have done in achieving zero cases of the disease. The work is not finished, however, and EU-SIGN will play a key role in strengthening routine immunisation so that all children are protected not just against future cases of polio, but also against other vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
We are strengthening the capacity of the national cold chain and immunisation system with the purchase of solar direct-drive refrigerators that will help keep vaccines cold when there is no power. We are supporting the extra efforts that the national PHC system is planning to achieve in reaching underserved areas through provision of transportation support for outreach immunisation services and the logistics of distributing of vaccines to far-flung areas through direct delivery to sites where immunisation service delivery points.
We will work with partners to build the skills of our health workers to deliver safe and effective vaccines and we will work with State Primary Health Care Development Agencies to expand access to PHC services.
In the coming months, you will find programme updates on our website as well as interviews with our State Technical Assistants on their work and their progress across Nigeria.