Introduction to the Oloibiri Health Programme

Programme Overview

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 celeberations, and is named after Oloibiri community where oil was first discovered in commercial quantities in Nigeria.

Programme Goals

The programme goals are to:

  • Optimize health status indicators of communities within Ogbia LGA to levels comparable with those of developed economies
  • Institutionalize best practices and experiences demonstrable from the project for possible replication and country-wide scale-up
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Objectives and Interventions

To achieve the goals of the programme, there are three main objectives which will be addressed with specific interventions.

1. Promote Universal Health Coverage and Health System       
    Strengthening

The Oloibiri Health Programme has, as a guiding principle, a commitment to Universal Health Coverage - healthcare for all members of the community regardless of their circumstances. 

It also aims to promote health system strengthening. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health system strengthening as:

“..any array of initiatives and strategies that improves one or more of the functions of the health system and that leads to better health through improvements in access, coverage, quality, or efficiency.”

A health system is made of six building blocks which work together to produce the desired outcomes. One of the unique features of the Oloibiri Health Programme is that its scope deliberately targets all the health system building blocks. In this way the programme will strengthen Ogbia LGA’s health system in an integrated manner, increasing access to healthcare, improving the quality of the health service provision and ensuring it is safe and efficient at all levels 

The programme objective to promote universal health coverage and health system strengthening will be addressed through the following interventions.

  • Upgrading of three primary health centres and one secondary health facility, focusing on infrastructure upgrade, utilities, equipment and supplies.
  • Capacity building and training of local healthcare and community health workers for the selected facilities.
  • Establishment of a Drug Revolving Fund in project hospitals.
  • Improving affordability of healthcare by creating a community-based health insurance scheme or other innovative financing models.

2. Enhance the Social Determinants of Health

Holistic community health improvement will be promoted through investments in health determinants such as housing, education, renewable energy, education, water, sanitation and hygiene.

3. Establish a Learning and Operations Research Centre

A Knowledge Management and Operations Research Institute will be established. This aims to directly address the second goal of the programme.

Timescales and Partners

The Oloibiri Health Programme was initiated on 11 February 2015, when Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with General Electric, Nigeria to be the Implementing Partner for the Programme. Delivery of the programme is through collaboration with key stakeholders and partners. Partners include the Bayelsa State Government, Ogbia LGA, Federal University Otuoke, World Bank/IFC and GE Healthcare (providing the programme management office function).



How the Oloibiri Health Programme is Different

The integrated and holistic approach to improving health and managing health care is what sets the Oloibiri Health Programme apart from others. Rather than just focusing on individual facilities or funding one-off projects it looks at all aspects of health and healthcare for a defined community. The guiding principles are sustainability, efficiency, safety and access. The OHP is not ‘business as usual’.

Some of the ways in which the OHP differs from other health projects are listed below.

  • Population-based rather than linked to a facility.
  • Focused on improving and maintaining health, not just treating illness.
  • A strong emphasis on improving the wider social determinants of health.
  • Integration of the healthcare system rather than facilities working in silos.
  • A focus on those in the lowest socio-economic groups to reduce inequalities in health outcome.
  • Research, knowledge and learning built into the programme, so that this can be shared and results replicated in other areas.
  • Co-ordinated delivery of the interventions to better achieve the goals.
  • Genuine ownership by key stakeholders.


A Complementary Programme

An important aspect of the Oloibiri Health Programme is that it complements other programmes such as the national ‘Saving One Million Lives (SOML)’ initiative launched in Nigeria in 2012.  This addresses the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the country through evidence-based interventions.

The Oloibiri Health Programme, and especially the investment in the wider social determinants of health, also advances the UN Sustainable Development Priorities and Goals by integrating impact and sustainability into its daily strategies and operations.

 
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.

  • 7.  A CHEW Educating a Mother in Otuasega Community on Use of Oral Contraceptive Pills for Family Planning
  • 3. Programme Board led by Prof Etebu, Bayelsa State Commissioner of Health, visits Kolo General Hospital site
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  • 2. Borehole drilling for geophysical assessment of water quality in Kolo General Hospital
  • 2. Mrs Monica Azazi Olarinde, Special Adviser to Bayelsa State Governor on Health, Addressing CHEWs Priori to an Outreach
  • 5. A CHEW Administering Vitamin A Supplement to a Baby
  • 4. Focus Group Discussion in Emeyal 2 Community as Part of the Baseline Survey
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  • 1. Civil Works in Kolo General Hospital Completed
  • 5. Focus Group Discussion in Oloibiri Community as Part of the Baseline Survey
  • 3. Student of Federal University Otuoke Collecting Data from a Household in Otuaba Community during the Baseline Survey