“Without a centralised health database for many families to rely upon and keep them informed of the necessary health processes in a child’s first thousand days of life, the PHR acts as an innovation that placeds crucial knowledge directly into the mothers’ hands, and empowers her to provide, analyse and follow-up on her own data – to be in control of her own situational analysis. The digitisation of the PHR to inform similar nationwide efforts by qualified midwives would place Nigeria at the forefront of improving maternal and infant health outcomes. It would be fitting to imagine the impact of scaling and achieving comprehensive coverage of data for health here in Nigeria, where the idea for a home-based record was developed and has since been successfully deployed in countries like the UK and Japan.”
H.E. MRS TOYIN OJORA SARAKI
Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa
INTRODUCTION TO THE WBFA PERSONAL HEALTH RECORD
In 2009, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa launched its flagship health-enhanced data tool, the Nigeria Integrated Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Personal Health Record (IMNCH PHR). We worked in partnership and consultation with global and local stakeholders in the field of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), including the United Kingdom’s Perinatal Institute, the Japanese International Development agency JICA to establish Nigeria’s Joint Agencies Harmonisation Task Force on Integrated Maternal Newborn and Child Health, the membership of which was drawn from Federal Ministry of Health’s MNCH Core Technical Committee, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPCDHA), the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the National Population Commission (NPopC), Paediatric Association Of Nigeria (PAN), Society Of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SOGON), and the World Health Organisation (WHO), to develop this home-based patient health records book PHRB.
Following a meeting on 10th June 2009, the Joint Agency Harmonisation Task Force issued the following communiqué:
All the agencies present agreed that the Personal Health Records book is a data collection tool that will improve service delivery at all levels of healthcare.
It will enhance quality of care in terms of service delivery It will serve as a motivational tool for demand creation and increased service uptake
It will provide quality verifiable data for evidence-based decision making and policy formulation.
The Joint Agency Task Force recommended that:
The WBFA IMNCH PHRB was launched in July 2010 aligned with the launch of the Midwives Service Scheme of the NPHCDA, and rolled out to Primary Health Centres throughout the 36 States of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with a scale-up production of a further 40,000 records distributed in November 2012.
In 2013, the WBFA created an additional range of home-based health records in response to the particular needs of patients and health-facilities in A4 format, to suit the facility file sizes, and in simpler layout to meet lower production costs for wider implementation at
scale alongside its existing A5 format plasticised cover and carbonised page models.
The WBFA and its licensed distributors currently offer:
A4 Universal RMNCAH Home-Based Records
- WBFA Universal Maternal Notes
- WBFA Universal Health Maternal Health Record Book
- WBFA Universal Health Child Health Record Book
A5 IMNCH Home-Based Records
- WBFA Integrated Maternal Newborn and Child Health Record Book
- WBFA Integrated Maternal Health Record Book
- WBFA Integrated Child Health Record BookRead more