Our work



In line with our commitments, Chigari Foundation works to increase the demand for routine immunization and primary healthcare services in six states (Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Yobe) that signed the Tripartite Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Dangote Foundation (DF). This is achieved by leveraging on the trust based relationship between the Northern Traditional Leaders and their communities. 


From July 2016 to March 2017, Chigari foundation Chigari Foundation has conducted a Landscape Mapping (LM) and Social Network Analysis (SNA) of the traditional institutions and community members across the six MOU states. The LM and SNA have enhanced our understanding of the multi-layered structure of the traditional institution and the influence mechanism in relation to health seeking behavior within their communities.


The Foundation supported in strengthening the capacity of members of the traditional institution through orientations and re-orientations. The cycles of capacity building started across all the states from 2016. 


Our approach is to provide appropriate support to the SPHCDAs to train identified trainers who are members of the traditional institution and subsequently support the trainers to train the remaining hierarchies of the traditional leaders, from top down to the lowest level (Mai-Unguwas, also called the ward heads, and the RI community resource groups - TBAs, traditional barbers, etc.).


In 2016, over 29,000 members of the traditional institution and the 'Community Resource Group' members were trained.


The Foundation supported the development of Community Engagement (CE) strategy document that emphasizes the link between the traditional institution and the Health Systems, contextualized the role of the members of the traditional institution and adopted non-monetary incentive as the key element for sustainability of the Programme.