Following the completion of the WHO-led Joint External Evaluation (JEE) in Nigeria in 2017, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) engaged in strategic activities and interventions over 5 years to improve its scoring across all accessed indicators. A framework that will provide proper linkage and coordination between technical and programmatic activities to outcomes internally and externally for the NCDC was then proposed in 2018 by the United State Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC).

Georgetown University (GU) in conjunction with Savannah Health System Innovation Ltd (SHSIL), and with technical support from the US CDC and user interaction/feedback from Nigeria’s National Public Health Institute (NPHI) – NCDC, developed and deployed an enterprise-wide program management platform named APHIDS MS. They designed it to help NPHIs to achieve their mandate to lead the preparedness, detection, and response to infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies by effectively and efficiently managing resources, risk, and interdependencies promptly.

APHIDS MS is a multipurpose electronic system that uses project management principles to support the planning, tracking, and execution of all activities and projects toward achieving the International Health Regulations (IHR) benchmarks. APHIDS MS ultimately provides a framework with a set of tools that will enable NPHIs and other relevant agencies to organize and monitor health security-wide project portfolios and programs necessary to achieve the IHR goal.

Following deployment in NCDC in 2019, GU has continuously engaged units/departments within the centre and other external partners to expand the functionality of APHIDS MS. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, APHIDS MS was used to monitor the implementation of the incident action plan developed by members of the incident management system for COVID19. GU has also worked with RTI since 2021 to implement an archiving system on APHIDS MS for documentation tied to the IHR.

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