Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria (PRRINN)

Nigeria is one of just four remaining countries in which polio is still endemic. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting the Nigerian Government to increase routine immunization in the north of the country, where rates of immunisation are particularly low.

This is being achieved through the £27.2 million, seven-year Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria (PRRINN) programme. Following an outstanding Programme Review and demonstration of value for money, the programme has been extended for an additional two years and will run for a total of seven years until the end of 2013.

Health Partners International leads the joint venture partnership that manages PRRINN.

Our partners are Save the Children UK and GRID Consulting Ltd. There are a wide range of associate and network partners at international and national level.

A small national team, led by Dr Idris Garba and Dr Rodion Kraus, provides technical support to state-level teams, backed by a technical advisory group.

We work in four northern states (Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa and Yobe) and our aim is to fully immunize 60 per cent of infants before their first birthday and give 70 per cent of women aged 15-49 the appropriate TT (tetanus toxoid) doses.

To measure success, the programme will work closely with the National Programme on Immunization and link to the regular National Immunization Coverage Surveys.

For more information about the programme visit the PRRINN-MNCH programme website.