Investments in Social Determinants of Health

According to the World Health Organization, social determinants of health are:

“the circumstances in which people grow, live, work, and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness. Social Determinants of Health include income, education, employment etc. These social conditions are the single most important determinant of good health or ill health” 

These conditions are outside the health system but have the potential to strengthen or undermine the health of individuals, households and communities. Any health improvement programme would find it difficult to achieve meaningful and sustainable improvement of the health status of the population without improving the many key drivers of the health of individuals and communities which exist in people’s everyday living and working conditions.

In recognition of this, the Oloibiri Health Programme aims to achieve holistic community health improvement through specific investments in the social determinants of health. 

Priority areas include:

  • Water - e.g. hand-pump community boreholes
  • Sanitation programmes - e.g. latrine systems 
  • Income Generation Programmes – leveraging the Shell Livewire Programme
  • Renewable energy systems - e.g. solar and wind technology
  • Safe and hygienic housing conditions, including reducing indoor pollution e.g. clean cook stove solutions and provision of affordable housing
  • Educational interventions - community health promotion

Social Determinant of Health priorities were determined in collaboration with the communities, through Participatory Rural Appraisal. The interventions will be implemented in partnership with the communities to ensure ownership and sustainability.

Oloibiri Health Programme

The Oloibiri Health Programme (OHP) is a three-year public health initiative, sponsored by Shell, to improve health and health care delivery for the communities of the Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) in Oloibiri field, Nigeria. This Public Private People Partnership is championed by Shell as part of Nigeria’s centenary celebrations and is named after Oloibiri community where oil was first discovered in commercial quantities in Nigeria.

  • Engagement of His Eminence King Dumaro Charles Owaba, Obanobuan 3 of Ogbia Kindgom during Participatory Rural Appraisal to Determine SDH Priorities
  • PRA Team with King Lawson, Emeyal Clan Head before Emeyal Clan PRA Session
  • Representatives of Oloibiri Clan Engaged in Resource and Social Mapping
  • Representatives of Anyama Clan Engaged in Resource and Social Mapping
  • Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Team with Representatives of Abureni Clan
  • PRA Team during a Courtsey Call to His Eminence King Dumaro Charles Owaba, Obanobuan 3