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Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS) Partnerships for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS) is a 50 million programme of technical assistance, which aims to work in partnerships withNigerian Stakeholders to transform health services in Nigeria.  It is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), & managed by a consortium of five international institutions
The purpose of the PATHS programme is to improve the delivery & use of effective, replicable, affordable health services for the management of common health problems that affect poor people in Nigeria.  PATHS works with Ministries/Departments of Health at Federal, State, & Local Government levels to improve health outcomes by enhancing the governance of the health sector.  PATHS is also working in partnership with the private sector (for profit & not for profit), civil society, and other development partners. , initially in four focal states, now expanded to five states.
The programme is currently being implemented in four states -- Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna and Kano -- with a number of stakeholders, and at federal level primarily with the Ministry of Health and its parastatals.

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Success Stories and Good Practices


The overall goal of PATHS is improving the health status of poor Nigerians, measured in terms of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The purpose is to improve the delivery and use of effective, replicable, pro-poor health services for the management of priority health conditions. This is through four key outputs: more

Jigawa Immunization
Every Friday morning at 9.00am, a crowd of women carrying babies wait eargerly outside the office of the Expanded programme on Immunization  at the GeneralHospital in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State in the Northwest Nigeria.more>>

Kano Save Motherhood
In Kano State, located ion the Northern Nigeria,2,420 pregnant women die out of 100,000 live births according to a study undertaken in theyear 2003.This marternal mortality rate, among the highest in the world has generated great concern among state and local government officials and other stakeholders.more>>

DRF Enugu
Mrs Chidi, a mother of three children has come to Ozalla Primary Health Care Center because her four month old daughter, Chioma has fever.She had lost three other children during delivery because of poor antenatal and hospital delivery care.more>>

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PATHS is a facilitative programme that is stakeholder driven. Decision making and governance of PATHS supported initiatives is assured through visionary leadership of multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary Steering Committees, membership of which cuts across all sectors, including private and public. Implementation is integrated into existing health development and reform initiatives.
A consistent and comprehensive focus is maintained through adhering to four themes. The available modular package of support is adapted in a flexible manner, agreedupon in 6 monthly work plans, depending on the opportunities emerging, determined by the context and DFID's overall engagement with different states. This facilitates complementary and collaborative working with other programs and projects. The package of support has been designed in such a way to allow for state wide roll-out; an objective that for some of the PATHS initiatives, is achievable within the current program timeframe.more>>