Knowledge Management and Operations Research

The success of a public health intervention is not just determined by the health changes it brings about in its population. It is also judged by the degree to which the findings and experience from that intervention contribute to the wider evidence base. Too often public health initiatives are carried out in isolation, with no record being left to guide others who wish to implement similar initiatives in future.

It is an important part of the Oloibiri Health Programme, indeed one of its two goals, that what is learnt can be used in future by those wishing to replicate or scale up the model. To address this, the programme includes the establishment of a Knowledge Management and Operations Research Institute, to be situated within the Oloibiri community. This part of the project is to be led by Federal University Otuoke.

Knowledge Management on the programme will involve the following:

  • Development of a simplified guide showing all the steps involved in the implementation of the Oloibiri Health Programme. This guide will contain detailed information about what worked, what did not work, as well as factors within the programme execution environment (deliberate and coincidental) that contributed to the success or failure of programme implementation initiatives/processes. The aim of the guide is to provide sufficient step-by-step information to be leveraged for future replication and scale-up of the programme model.
  • Ongoing supporting or operations research. The aim of operations research on the programme is to provide evidence for the success or failure of service delivery and community interventions. This evidence is to be made available to health system actors such as health workers, community members etc. to inform change in behaviour and ultimately ensure that health service and community-level interventions yield the desired outcomes.

Conceptualization, establishment and implementation of the Knowledge Management and Operations Research Institute will be done based on the key principle of sustainability. 

Data management and Monitoring and Evaluation will be built into service delivery and be a key responsibility of the Knowledge Management and Operations Research Institute. The monitoring and evaluating framework shown will guide this important aspect of the programme. A facility and population-based baseline survey has been undertaken to allow measurement of outputs against a baseline. Programme data will be routinely collected analyzed, evaluated and disseminated in an organized way. 

Outcomes of the Oloibiri Health Programme

It is hoped that the various interventions of the Oloibiri Health Programme will deliver results in the form of intermediate improvements in health indicators. However, the ultimate success of the programme will be seen when the following expected outcomes are achieved in the Ogbia LGA.

  • Increase in healthcare coverage for underserved communities
  • Reduction in the number of mothers dying at childbirth
  • Reduction in the number of children dying before the age of 5 years
  • Reduction in maternal and child morbidity
  • Reduction in the prevalence of water and sanitation-related illness
  • Improvement in life expectancy and quality of life of individuals and families
  • Social development in Ogbia LGA
  • Replication and scale-up of the programme model to other LGAs and states in Nigeria and beyond

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.

  • Training of Data Collectors ahead of the Baseline Survey
  • Data Collection from a Household in Okodi Community during the Baseline Survey
  • Student of Federal University Otuoke Collecting Data from a Household in Otuaba Community during the Baseline Survey
  • Focus Group Discussion in Emeyal 2 Community as Part of the Baseline Survey
  • Focus Group Discussion in Oloibiri Community as Part of the Baseline Survey
  • Baseline Community Survey Team