Developing an essential minimum service package. PATHS1 Nigeria

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Policy and technical briefs
Publication Date: 2008

This policy brief focuses on developing a minimum service package (MSP) in Nigeria, West Africa. No country in the world can provide health services to meet all the possible needs of the population. For this reason, countries have to select which services to provide, and many have taken the approach of defining a minimum service package. The extent of the burden of a disease or health condition, the cost effectiveness of interventions to deal with it, and lately the MDGs are important considerations in the choice of the contents of a country specific minimum essential health service package. Since its inception in 2002, PATHS has contributed immensely towards the strengthening of the health system in its focal states. This work has included developing an efficient system to deliver an integrated and accessible minimum service package (MSP). The system and the MSP should address the priority health needs of the majority of the population (especially the poor) in an equitable and cost effective way

Key challenges to extending MSP include:

  1. Financial resources needed for sustainability
  2. Accepting new facility nomenclature
  3. Lack of harmonisation of donor support


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Tags: Nigeria, Health policy, Primary health care, Millenium Development Goals, Health care financing, PATHS, Minimum service package, Cluster approach,