INTRODUCTION TO THE WBFA PERSONAL HEALTH RECORD
In 2009, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa launched its flagship tool, the Nigeria Integrated Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Personal Health Record (IMNCH PHR). We worked in partnership and consultation with global and local stakeholders in the field of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), including the United Kingdom’s Perinatal Institute, the Japanese international development agency JICA, and Nigeria’s Joint Agency Harmonisation Task Force on Integrated Maternal Newborn and Child Health, membership of which is drawn from Federal Ministry of Health’s MNCH Core Technical Committee, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPCDHA), the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the National Population Commission (NPopC), Paediatric Association Of Nigeria (PAN), Society Of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SOGON), and the World Health Organisation (WHO), to develop this patient health record.
Following a meeting on 10th June 2009, the Joint Agency Harmonisation Task Force issued the following communiqué:
- All the agencies present agreed that the Personal Health Record book is a data collection tool that will improve service delivery at all levels of healthcare.
- It will enhance quality of care in terms of service delivery
- It will serve as a motivational tool for demand creation and increased service uptake
- It will provide quality verifiable data for evidence-based decision making and policy formulation.
The Joint Agency Task Force recommends that: