Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University.


For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.

Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care.

Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Jhpiego is dedicated to improving the health of women and families in developing countries.

From our origins as technical experts in reproductive, maternal and child health, Jhpiego has grown to embrace new challenges, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, cervical cancer prevention and urban health—reflecting the increasing interconnectedness of global health. We take the latest knowledge in science and technology, apply it to develop practical, low-cost health care solutions and make them available from home to hospital, village to city.

Jhpiego assists countries in confronting and addressing health needs for women and their families. We do this by educating and preparing front-line health workers (doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers) with evidence-based skills and techniques to deliver quality health care. Jhpiego believes that because many people cannot reach needed services easily and expeditiously, services must be made available to people where they live and in their community.

To meet that need, Jhpiego designs and implements effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions that can be delivered by a community health care worker in a home or by a doctor or a nurse in a hospital. We support and are working toward integrating treatment services and health interventions for different illnesses so women and families can be treated for several conditions in a convenient place at one time.

We build local capacity to strengthen health systems through advocacy, policy development and performance improvement approaches.


Jhpiego’s ultimate goal is sustainability—leaving behind a well-prepared network of health care professionals and a strong foundation that they can build upon when we move on.

Jhpiego brings high-quality health care to women and families wherever they are.  Through the use of innovative approaches, Jhpiego puts research into practice, develops creative solutions to improve health care services, and strengthens the capacity of countries to save the lives of women and families today—while building sustainable health systems for the future.

Jhpiego has been working in Nigeria since the late 1970s, initially to strengthen pre-service education in medical and nursing colleges and to update knowledge and skills of health workers. Most recently, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Jhpiego under its Maternal and Child Survival Program to improve the quality and utilization of maternal and newborn care services in public, private and faith-based facilities in Ebonyi and Kogi States.

Currently, Jhpiego is implementing the following programs in Nigeria:

  • Under a program funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Jhpiego is building on its previous MacArthur award to create model states where task shifting policies can be implemented and monitored.

  • Under an award from the Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme, a local nongovernmental organization, Jhpiego is supporting the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health to implement HIV interventions in Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.

  • The USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program in Nigeria seeks to reduce newborn and maternal mortality by increasing the quality and utilization of key, evidence-based interventions for maternal and newborn health and postpartum family planning at health care facilities in Kogi and Ebonyi States.

  • With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as a subawardee to Pact, Jhpiego is a partner on the State Accountability for Quality Improvement Project, working to improve local governance, capacity and performance of the public health system in Gombe State through the training of community health care workers.

  • Also with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jhpiego is taking part in a multi-country study that seeks to address problems in the traditional antenatal care model of low and/or inconsistent quality and poor retention of women in care through pregnancy and childbirth.


Key Accomplishments

Recent highlights resulting from Jhpiego’s current work in Nigeria include the following:

Supported the successful hosting of a stakeholders meeting for Saving 100,000 Newborn Lives in Abuja in October 2014, which drew over 100 local and international stakeholders

Supported the holding of the First Nigeria National Newborn Conference in Abuja and the National Family Planning Conference in Abuja, during which the following documents were launched: the Nigeria FP Blueprint Scale-up Plan, National Strategic and Implementation Plan (2013–2015) and Increasing Access to Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives in Nigeria Mother and child sleep under a bed net.

Supported a 21-day training of interviewers and supervisors for conducting the first Verbal and Social Autopsy Survey (a follow-up to the 2013 National Health Demographic Survey)

Contributed to knowledge sharing at the Third Nigeria Family Planning Conference in Abuja in November 2015

Successfully launched the MCSP Nigeria Project in Ebonyi and Kogi States

Supported the FMOH to harmonize all existing training materials into the new Essential Newborn Care Course Guidelines

Facilitated the integration and harmonization of the Perinatal and Neonatal Death Audit into the Existing Maternal Death Surveillance Response System

Conducted a baseline audit of 322 health facilities in Ebonyi and Kogi States in partnership with Health Finance and Governance

In partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, trained 31 midwifery tutors on the use of anatomic models donated by UNFPA to some nursing and midwifery schools in six states

Supported the FMOH to organize a series of stakeholders meetings on quality of care and clinical governance at national and state levels, resulting in the development of a draft national framework on quality of care for maternal and newborn care and better awareness creation among state stakeholders

In partnership with GlaxoSmithKline’s PULSE Volunteers, built the capacity of representatives of four local professional associations in the areas of leadership, finance, administrative management and project management

Introduced the use of the PUMANI Bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure system to the Paediatric Association of Nigeria/Nigerian Society on Neonatal Medicine for pilot testing in selected health facilities

With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, strengthened the 12 schools/colleges of health technology and their practical sites where CHEWs are being trained, by training and mentoring 36 tutors and preceptors on basic emergency obstetric and newborn care services

Supported the provision of provider-initiated testing and counseling in antenatal care, resulting in the provision of antenatal services for 2,302 pregnant women (including 21 womenwith previously known positive HIV test results)

Organized and conducted a five-day, integrated program review meeting on PMTCT, RH, early infant diagnosis, and infant and young child feeding for 82 health care workers from 53 supported primary health centers and nine conditional cash transfer facilities across Ebonyi, Enugu

and Imo States; the meeting’s purpose was to develop the capacity of health care providers on current and best PMTCT practices according to

the 2013 integrated national guidelines and to ensure high-quality PMTCT service delivery