Hanovia was contracted by the World Bank to carry out a survey assignment in 8 states (Bauchi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara), as part of the Nigeria Polio Eradication Support Project (PESP) that has been supporting the country’s campaign immunization efforts through the provision of financing for Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV).
The project has been effective from June 2013 as a follow-on project of the previous PESP project (2003 – 2012). The PESP development objective was “to assist the Government of Nigeria, as part of a global polio eradication effort, to achieve and sustain at least 80% coverage with oral polio vaccine immunization in every state in the country”.
The PESP supports the supply of OPV for the country’s Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIA), i.e., for conducting National and Sub-national Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs, SIPDs) and possibly “mop-up operations”. The PESP employs the “IDA buy-down mechanism” whereby partners provide funds to an IDA-administered Polio Eradication Trust Fund that will buy-down the net present value of the debt incurred by the country after successful implementation of the project.