On 3 July, CNBC Africa aired a documentary profiling one of Shell’s most successful community health initiatives.
In just five years, the Obio Cottage Hospital in Port Harcourt, set up with funding from the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) and its joint venture partners, has become one of the most visited health facilities in the Niger Delta.
This remarkable achievement has been enabled by the Obio Community Health Insurance Scheme—the first community-run health insurance scheme In the Niger Delta— which has enabled thousands of people to access affordable maternity care, child care, vaccinations and a range of treatments. By the end of 2014, more than 45,000 people had enrolled on the programme, with over 10,000 babies safely delivered.
“We are extremely proud of the Obio Community Health Insurance Scheme and delighted to see it attracting the wider recognition it deserves,” said Osagie Okunbor, Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director, SPDC. “We hope this film will also help to raise awareness of Shell Companies in Nigeria’s wider social investment programmes, which are among the most extensive and innovative in the country.”
“Obio represents many years of learning in how to create sustainable access to health in our stakeholder communities in the Niger Delta,” said Alistair Fraser, Vice President Health. “It is built on a foundation of community involvement and ownership. Importantly it is a broad collaboration that delivers a sustainable business model and is not charity. It provides jobs in addition to health care. It provides opportunities for volunteers to learn and, with its focus on mother and child care, it creates better opportunities for the next generation to reach their full potential.”
Shell Companies in Nigeria have supported community health projects since the 1980s with equipment and pharmaceutical donations, as well as the construction of hospitals and implementation of malaria and HIV/AIDs control programmes. Today, the SPDC joint venture supports 20 health centres in the Niger Delta region.
A short version of the video can be found here.
For more information on the Obio Cottage Hospital, visit: http://www.obiocottagehospital.org/#