Increasing Care Seeking Behaviour in Nigeria for Childhood Illnesses (ICARE) Project was a 3-year demand creation project managed by PACT and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BGMF) and DFID. The project commenced in November 2013 and ended December 2016. It was primarily implemented in 22 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across Benue and Kebbi States.
The primary focus of the project was to increase early care seeking behaviour amongst caregivers who have children with diarrhoea and under the age of five; as well as increase availability of Oral Rehydration Salt and Zinc (ORS + Zn) in communities, for the management of diarrhoea in childhood.
In November 2016, Health Partners International, HPI, subcontracted NPHD Ltd to manage the implementation of the PACT-ICARE 4 months evaluation project in Kebbi and Benue States including review and feedback activities with the Pact Head Office in Abuja. NPHD supported in the recruitment and training of National and State field staff, and the provision of logistic support for field activities as well as to immigration and in-country trips of the international consultants. We trained approximately 36 evaluators in the two States, supported in the development of the research protocol, logistic plan, and provided quality assurance during data collection, analysis and report writing. NPHD’s support ended January 2017. The evaluation report shows an overall increase in the care seeking behaviour among care givers in Benue and Kebbi States.
NPHD applied due diligence to successfully manage the budgeted funds deployed by HPI to implement the project to the full satisfaction of all.