The Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) is a $170m World Bank Assisted project that became effective in August 2013 and it is currently implemented in Adamawa, Nasarawa and Ondo States.

Dr Abdullahi Belel is the Pioneer Chairman (Admin and Technical Head) of Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency. The Agency was established in 2011 and is responsible for planning and implementation of all Primary Health Care activities in the State (about 4 million people).

He worked as clinician at Federal then State level and later as a public health physician at the state level before joining the Netherlands Leprosy Relief as Medical Advisor, supporting Leprosy, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS control in Nigeria and The Gambia. He also worked as an independent consultant in various capacities for both government and non-governmental organizations mainly in Nigeria.

The successful implementation of the World Bank Assisted Nigeria States Health Investment Project’s (NSHIP) pre-pilot Performance Based Financing (PBF) in one of our Local Governments provided convincing evidence on achieving the Health related Millennium Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage made Adamawa State Government now adopted PBF as the basis for reforming her Health System.

The State Government is now leveraging on the World Bank assisted NSHIP to lay solid foundation by scaling up PBF to all LGAs and integrate its funding into the State budget before the end of the project for sustainability.