This is the fourth in a series of eight factsheets on the theme of governance and systems, that draws on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular brief focuses on the Zamfara state basket fund. The key messages are:
The basket fund is an effective way of financing healthcare initiatives in a sustainable way. This is particularly important for recurrent activities such as routine immunisation.
- Children fully immunised coverage rate in Zamfara state had fallen to 11% – well below the national average.
- The Zamfara basket fund with support from PRRINN-MNCH provided an innovative pooled funding system for recurrent primary health care.
- Child immunisation greatly increased and the system is now state policy in Zamfara. Yobe state is also considering its own basket fund.