Project Objectives

“NiCaDe” is a collaboration of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and the German federal public health agency Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The overall goal of the NiCaDe project is to support the mandate of NCDC to prevent, manage and control disease outbreaks.  The project has four sub-projects in the areas of Antimicrobial Resistance, Hepatitis/Rotavirus, Research Governance and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).

The aim of the NiCaDe-IPC suproject is to build up and consolidate training capacities for infection prevention and control in hospitals, at state and at national level in Nigeria.

The project is funded by the German Ministry of Health through its “Global Health Protection Program”. The first phase ran from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2022; the second phase continues from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025.

In the first project phase, the NiCaDe-IPC project team together with Nigerian and German experts in education, public health and clinical medicine, refined the “Participatory Approach to Learning in Systems – PALS”, a training and practice approach for IPC improvement that was previously tried out in the pilot project MAURICE in Lagos (2017-2018).

The team created a “train the trainers” programme that included the training of “Change Agents” in three Nigerian states and the Federal Capital Territory. The training programme was implemented, and in 2022 18 Trainers and 92 Change Agents from 23 health facilities were certified.

In the second project phase 2022-2025, the goal is to consolidate capacity in Nigeria to apply PALS further as a training and practice approach and to fully integrate PALS in the national IPC programme.

The NiCaDe-IPC Project Team

Six experts from different disciplines and countries work in NiCaDe-IPC project team.

  • Jerome Dooga, educationalist. Consultant pedagogue – IPC unit, NCDC.
  • Ute Zocher, educationalist, systemic counsellor, health promotion expert. Educational Lead –  independent consultant.
  • Obiora Okafor, biochemist, infection preventionist. Project admin – IPC unit, NCDC
  • Flora Haderer, Medical Doctor and public health practitioner. Project co-lead – ZIG office, RKI.
  • Chinedu Okoroafor, medical lab scientist, PALS trainer. Mid-level scientist – IPC unit, NCDC.
  • Tochi Okwor, Medical Doctor, public health consultant. Project lead – IPC unit, NCDC.

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