Lafiya Contract (UK Support for Health in Nigeria)

Reference number: 8277II.1.2)
Main CPV code: 75211200II.1.3)
Type of contract: ServicesII.1.4)
Short description:

The Lafiya Contract (UK Support for Health in Nigeria) seeks to improve health outcomes for the poorest and most vulnerable people in Nigeria. DFID seeks to appoint a local or international supplier to deliver the Lafiya Contract in approximately October 2019 for an initial term of up to 7 years from approximately October 2019 with a budget of up to 100 000 000 GBP. DFID may extend the contract for an additional 2 years with a maximum additional value of 40 000 000 GBP.II.1.5)
Estimated total value: Value excluding VAT: 140 000 000.00 GBP

Description of the procurement:

Nigeria has some of the greatest burden of health challenges globally, and the Government of Nigeria currently spends proportionately less on health than nearly every country in the world. This has the potential to get worse, with Nigeria facing a demographic crisis. The Lafiya contract aims to address this, to improve health outcomes for the poorest and most vulnerable in Nigeria. It will have a focus on targeted states (Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe) and at the federal level. However DFID reserves the right to change geographic focus within the lifetime of the programme as it is possible that the context will change in the targeted states.

The contract is aiming to achieve 3 outcomes;

(i) outcome 1: increased resources invested in health, and prioritisation of health by Government of Nigeria (through civil society advocacy on human capital, community accountability for health; and use of data to inform government prioritisation of health);

(ii) outcome 2: improving effectiveness and efficiency of public and private basic health services (through health system strengthening, and working with the private sector to improve delivery of affordable health services for the poorest populations);

(iii) outcome 3: reducing total fertility rate (through addressing social norms, demographic impact analysis, and support to family planning demand creation and delivery of services).

The contract is part of DFID’s new flagship health portfolio (Lafiya: UK Support for Health In Nigeria), which plans to invest a total of 235 000 000 GBP over 8 years. The successful delivery of the Lafiya contract will require very close collaboration with the Government of Nigeria at Federal and State levels. It will also require collaboration and coordination with the other delivery mechanisms within the Lafiya portfolio, other DFID funded health programmes, and with interventions supported by other development partners.

DFID will award the contract to a single legal entity who will be responsible for delivering the outcomes of the Lafiya Contract. The supplier will provide programme management and programme delivery services to achieve the outcomes through the following outputs:

1) Increased political profile of human capital (focused on health, nutrition, WASH and education) by supporting civil society advocacy and community accountability;

2) Initiating a programme to communicate health data and strengthen government leaders’ use of data in line with a “delivery approach” to improve Government of Nigeria’s leaders’ awareness, prioritisation and management of the health sector;

3) Providing targeted technical assistance to the Government of Nigeria to strengthen leadership and governance,strengthen health information systems, support the basic health care provision fund, strengthen budgeting and planning, make more efficient use of medicine products and enable efficiencies in human resources;

4) Providing technical support to the Government of Nigeria on improving the regulation of the private sector in delivering basic health services and strengthening networks of private providers and piloting new mechanisms for delivering low cost private health care services;

5) Working to increase the demand for, utilisation of and acceptance of family planning through addressing social norms, strengthen the delivery of family planning services, analysis and communication of the wider impact of demographics.