Nigeria—Fleming Fund

Client: U.K. Department for International Development

Duration: 2019-2021

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Nigeria

Solutions: Global Health

The Fleming Fund is a U.K. Department of Health and Social Care programme to help low- and middle-income countries fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR). DAI’s Fleming Fund programme in Nigeria is a collaboration with the Nigerian government to strengthen systems for AMR and Antimicrobial Use (AMR/AMU) using a “One Health” approach—a multisectoral approach to complex health problems that reaches across human health, animal health, and environment sectors. As global leaders in One Health, the DAI team will help incorporate One Health across programme interventions. DAI will work with the Nigerian government to become a leader in combating antimicrobial resistance.

Sample Activities

  • Build a One Health governance structure for AMR/AMU surveillance, by establishing a One Health National Steering Committee (OHNSC) that will work closely with the National AMR Coordinating Committee (AMRCC) Secretariat.
  • Strengthen AMR/AMU surveillance systems in human health by linking two leading Nigerian laboratory and surveillance organisations with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to support adherence to international standards and assure quality.
  • Strengthen AMR and AMU surveillance in food animals by building a common set of initiatives between the private food production sector and the public animal health sector, balancing production and marketing with research, workforce training, and regulatory functions.
  • Establish a foundation for AMR surveillance in aquatic animals.
  • Conduct a situational analysis of environmental laboratory stakeholders to assess requirements for an AMR bacteriology sentinel site for environmental health.

The DAI team will initially focus on convening and supporting a National AMR Symposium, a series of consultative meetings, workshops and one-on-one meetings to launch the OHNSC with the AMRCC Secretariat and associated technical working groups. The National AMR Symposium will set the stage for ongoing state-level AMR engagement.

Fleming Fund Nigeria partners include the Institute for Human Virology Nigeria, the International Foundation Against Infectious Disease in Nigeria, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Life Stock Management Services.

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