The Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF) has announced plans to host a special Nigeria Vaccine Confidence Roundtable in partnership with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). NSSF is an innovative platform for resource mobilization primarily established to supplement efforts to mitigate the adverse economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Nigerians by supporting vulnerable members of the population, strengthening the country’s healthcare system, and reskilling and retooling the Nigerian workforce through various initiatives and programs.

The 120-minute panel-led virtual webinar, scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2022, from 11 am, seeks to review the available evidence and COVID-19 vaccine advocacy strategies and recommend confidence building approaches for Nigeria.

Dr Fejiro Chinye-Nwoko, General Manager/CEO, NSSF, over the weekend, disclosed that the session will review the available evidence, enumerate implementation gaps, and outline vaccine confidence priorities in Nigeria to improve vaccination advocacy campaign and vaccination rates for each community and identity in Nigeria. 

Dr Chinye-Nwoko noted that the NSSF was collaborating with the NPHCDA in furtherance of its efforts to help Nigeria recover quickly from the impact of the COVID 19 while supporting health system strengthening across the country. 

The roundtable will bring together a panellist comprising policy experts, healthcare workers, foundations, civil society organizations and faith-based organizations. Panellists for the seminar session includes the indefatigable Dr Faisal Shuaib (ED/CEO NPHCDA), Professor Heidi Larson (Founding Director of the vaccine confidence project), Michael Fornwall (Associate Vice President – Global Vaccines at Merck), Tijani Mohammed (Deputy Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Nigeria ), His Excellency, Mr Peter Hawkins (UNICEF Country Representative), HRH Alhaji Samaila Muhammed Mera (Emir of Argungu & Chairman, Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery) and Bishop Sunday Onuoha,(ED, Nigeria Interfaith Action Association). The session will be moderated by Dr Fejiro Chinye-Nwoko.

The target audience includes institutions and people working in the COVID 19 response space specifically battling with the challenges of vaccine hesitancy along with institutions and people working in the routine immunization space. The institutions include non-for-profit organizations, Civil society organizations such as Action Aid, Advocate Youth Initiative, faith-based organizations such as Christian Rural and Urban Development Association of Nigeria and Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) among others. 

Dr Chinye-Nwoko revealed that among other things, the session seeks to review research and implementation approaches instrumental to developing context-specific COVID-19 vaccine confidence strategies; provide an overview of various covid-19 vaccine advocacy programs implementation in-country; outline novel approaches for building covid-19 vaccine confidence strategies in-country including integration into routine immunization programs. 

Following the webinar session, a small working group comprised of NSSF, NPHCDA and Merck will take forward the key action points.

Participants are expected to pre-register for the webinar here.

NSSF is an aggregator, working constantly to build collaborative efforts to help curtail the adverse socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Nigerians. The NSSF, among other things, seeks to support vulnerable members of the population, strengthen the country’s healthcare system, and reskill the Nigerian workforce for a post-pandemic world. 

The NSSF, a not-for-profit organization set up as a result of a partnership between the Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization, and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), is emerging as a reference point for the COVID-19 pandemic response in Nigeria.

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