Oloibiri Health Programme

About OHP

The Oloibiri Health Programme (OHP) is an initiative of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in collaboration with Ogbia Local Government Area and Bayelsa State Ministry of Health (BYSMOH), targeted towards enabling access to affordable and quality comprehensive health services for the people of Ogbia community. This highly impactful and transformational health intervention is part of Shells’ Social Investment Programme.

The core intervention areas of the OHP includes Health Facility upgrade, Drug Revolving Fund, Health Financing, Capacity building/health outreaches, Social determinants of health and the establishment of a Knowledge Management center.

Oloibiri Health Programme


As one of the world’s leading energy companies, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) plays a key role in helping to meet the world’s growing energy demand in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways. In Nigeria, Shell is committed to social responsibility, which is embedded in the  way  it carries  out  its  day-to- day business by working  with local  organizations  around  its  operations to be aware of their concerns and to ensure that the benefits of Shell’s resources feed through to local communities and businesses.

Bayelsa State health facilities include some of the 28 health facilities in the Niger Delta that SPDC currently supports. More than 1,000 government-employed community health staff work at these facilities.

In 2016, the company treated more than 300,000 people and helped to deliver more than 5,000 babies. In addition, Shell reached more than 200,000 people through its health outreach programmes, which provided a range of services including health education, vaccinations, eye-testing, treatment of malaria and minor ailments, the distribution of mosquito bed nets, HIV screening and de-worming school children.

In March 2010, SPDC and the Rivers State government in the Niger Delta, launched the first community-based health insurance program in Nigeria that involves the private sector, government and community.

Shell is Nigeria’s oldest energy company and has a long-term and continuing commitment to the country, its people and the economy.

Oloibiri Health Programme Partners

Bayelsa State was created on October 1, 1996 out of the old Rivers State. The name, Bayelsa is an acronym derived from Brass, Yenagoa and Sagbama which comprised the entire present day Bayelsa State. The State has eight local government areas and 10 tertiary institutions. The Ijaw language is the major and the dominant language spoken by the people. The state has one of the largest crude oil and natural gas deposits in the country. The state is situated in the riverine and estuary areas of the Niger Delta region. 

The people are largely fishermen and farmers by orientation and profession. Under Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson’s Restoration government, there has been a major focus on achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the betterment of the citizens. Bayelsa State over the years has achieved tremendous progress in health, education, justice, tradition and custom and other key sectors through strategic partnerships.

The Bayelsa State Ministry of Health alongside other Ministries were established shortly after the creation of the state in consonance with the National Civil Service Structure. One of the Ministry’s cardinal objectives is to provide qualitative health care delivery to its citizens and other inhabitants of the state. Its goal is to make the state the hub of Excellent Medical Services and ultimately this would serve as a veritable vehicle to promote medical tourism. The Bayelsa State Health Insurance Scheme (BHIS) was introduced by this government to enhance and boost health delivery to a wider spectrum of the population. The health insurance scheme has without doubt made a lot of progress by expanding the reach of the coverage particularly in the state’s formal and private sectors. The state has been applauded by stakeholders to have established one of the best health insurance schemes in the country within this short period of its existence.

The Federal University Otuoke (FUO), is one of nine new Federal Universities established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in February 2011. Located in the heart of the oil-rich Niger-Delta Region of Bayelsa State, the University which is 21 kilometres South of the State capital of Yenagoa,  occupies an expanse of 200 hectares (494 acres) in the Ijaw town of Otuoke.

The University has an early aspiration to promote world-class and cutting-edge research in Energy & Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology; Marine Science, Engineering and Technology; Human & Social Dynamics; as well as Business Management & Entrepreneurial Studies.

The University’s over 1040 students are enrolled in twelve programs which include; Accounting and Finance, Economics and Development, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science and Strategic Studies (all in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), as well as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemistry, Mathematics with Statistics, Computer Science and Informatics, and Physics with Electronics/Power etc. (all in the Faculty of Science).

FUO’s research focus is on oil and gas studies, energy and environment, marine and wetland studies, human dynamics and conflict resolution, entrepreneurship which will guide our applied research and collaborative efforts as a tertiary academy geared towards the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta and of Nigeria.

FUO has employed  highly  qualified  and  experienced  academic and non-academic staff to create and nurture a citadel of learning, teaching, research, and community service in consonance with the University’s mission so that in the shortest possible time, FUO can attain her vision.

The University has also used best international practices to deploy modern communications technology in and out of the classrooms, the

University is suffused with ICT tools, a fully functional ICT laboratory with about 200 Computers connected to the wireless access in most parts of the campus, with iber-optics, satellite and radio links within and across the campus, and hope to join the NGREN (Nigerian Research Network) once it is open to new Universities to promote virtual learning and interactivity between students and their instructors.

FUO classrooms and laboratories are well-appointed and even expanding, to enable teaching, learning and research in the most conducive environment and the University has established a 52- seater Language Laboratory in the English and Communication Program.

The University already has in place an Entrepreneurial and Skills Development Unit (ESDU) to act as a catalyst for the future Faculty of Business & Management Sciences and an arrowhead to community relations. An Engineering and Environmental Research Group and Flood Research Group have been set up to put the university in a position to do research in those areas and contribute to the developmental needs of the region, country and the world.

FUO intends to be propelled by her core values of learning, integrity, knowledge, excellence, scholarship and service, and to create an atmosphere of an expensive private university in an inexpensive public educational setting

The Federal University Otuoke is well known on its way to becoming a University of world ranking that all its stakeholders will be proud of and calls on all to partner with it in any way possible    to facilitate achievement of her goals.

FUO is the lead partner for the Knowledge Management and Operations Research component of the Oloibiri Health Programme.

The Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI), was registered in 2001 as a Non-Governmental Organization with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria.

With headquarters in Abuja and a robust institutional capacity, CCSI focuses on the central role of strategic communication to impact behavior, build brands, and lead in technical guidance on project management including designing and implementing effective behavior change campaigns which incorporate social marketing strategies.

CCSI supports development agendas, with oversight program management functions at different levels delivering measurable impact towards sustainable health outcomes across Nigeria. Over the years, CCSI delivers Social and Behavior Change (SBC) across various programme areas including  health  and  social development. Our expertise covers evidence generation through state of the art research methodologies and learning to conceptualize and design behavior change campaigns, building emotive brands that enhance visibility and resonate with the audience.

In recognition of the crosscutting nature of SBC, CCSI applies the requisite science and art of strategic communication with a clear understanding of communication frameworks and theories, while mainstreaming gender and social inclusion; and ensuring the adaptation of sustainable strategies to suit the unique peculiarities of local contexts across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

CCSI became the Oloibiri Health  Programme  implementing partner from July 2019. They will go through a transition period supported by GE Healthcare till end of August and will commence full delivery of PMO services from September 2019.

Website:  www.ccsimpact.org

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. IFC utilizes and leverages the organization’s products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions in the World Bank Group—to provide development solutions customized to meet clients’ needs. IFC applies the organization’s inancial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help partners overcome inancial, operational, and political challenges.

The WBG’s goal is to assist countries to accelerate progress towards Universal Healthcare Coverage and IFC contributes to this goal by supporting the private sector’s role in increasing access to quality, affordable healthcare across three pillars: health services, pharmaceuticals and medical technologies with a combination of investments, advisory, disruptive innovations, and upstream reforms.

The IFC through its Health in Africa program in Nigeria provided technical support to the Oloibiri Health Program ensuring that service delivery and demand-side inancing initiatives were designed and implemented in line with global best practices and the core principles of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The Nigeria HIA of the WBG/IFC supported implementation with the development and roll out of a health financing strategy which prioritized the delivery of an essential set of services through critical investments in primary and community health services. It facilitated policy dialogue which ensured resources were raised from several sources including from general revenues of the state government. The IFC with the support of other stakeholders demonstrated the potential of how private investment and private sector stakeholders can use private finance to leverage public financing for sustainable development. The Innovation in health financing and service delivery demonstrated through the OHP should be scaled if Nigeria is to make rapid  progress  toward UHC.

Oloibiri Health Programme


The Oloibiri Health Programme (OHP) is a three-year public health initiative, sponsored by Shell, to improve health and health care delivery for the communities of the Ogbia Local Government Area  (LGA),  Bayelsa State, Nigeria. This Public Private People Partnership   is championed by Shell as part of Nigeria’s centenary celebrations and is named after Oloibiri community where oil was irst discovered in commercial quantities in Nigeria.

The Three Broad Objectives

To achieve the goals of the programme, there are three main objectives which will each be addressed with specfic interventions.

  • 1. Promote universal health coverage and health system strengthening

This objective will be addressed through the following interventions.

  • – Upgrading of three primary health centres and one secondary health facility, focusing on infrastructure upgrade, utilities, equipment and
  • – Capacity building and training of local healthcare and community workers for the selected
  • – Establishment of a Drug Revolving Fund in project
  • – Improving affordability of healthcare by creating a community-based health insurance scheme or other innovative financing model.
  • 2. Enhance the social determinants of health

Holistic community health improvement will be promoted through investments in health determinants such as housing, education, renewable energy and sanitation.

  • 3. Establish a learning and operations research centre

A Knowledge Management and Operations Research Institute will be established to conduct basic and operations health research and document best practices for replication and scale up. This aims to address the second goal of the programme.

  • – Timescales and Partners

The Oloibiri Health Programme was initiated on 11 February 2015, when Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with General Electric International Operations Nigeria Limited   to be the Implementing Partner for the Programme. Delivery of the programme is through collaboration with key stakeholders and partners. Partners include the Bayelsa State Government, Ogbia LGA, Federal University Otuoke, World Bank/IFC and GE Healthcare (providing the programme management office function).

  • – How the Oloibiri Health Programme is different

The integrated and holistic approach to improving health and managing healthcare is what sets the Oloibiri Health Programme apart from others. Rather than just focusing on individual facilities or funding one-off projects it looks at all aspects of health and healthcare for a defined community. The guiding principles are sustainability, efficiency, safety and access. The OHP is not ‘business as usual’.

Some of the ways in which the OHP differs from other health projects are listed here:

  •           a. Population-based rather than linked to a
  •           b. Focused on improving and maintaining health, not just treating illness.
  •           c. A strong emphasis on improving the wider social determinants of health.
  •           d. Integration of the healthcare system rather than facilities working in
  •           e. A focus on those in the lowest socio-economic groups to reduce inequalities in health
  •           f. Research, knowledge and learning built in to the programme, so that this can be shared and results replicated in other areas.
  •           g. Co-ordinated delivery of the interventions to better achieve the goals.
  •           h. Genuine ownership by key stakeholders
  • – A complementary programme

An important aspect of the Oloibiri Health Programme is that it complements other programmes such as the national Saving  One Million Lives (SOML) initiative launched in 2012 by the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria.  This  addresses  the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the country through evidence-based interventions.

The Oloibiri Health Programme, and especially the investment in the wider social determinants of health, also advances the UN Sustainable Development Priorities and Goals by integrating impact and sustainability into its daily strategies and operations.

OHP Scope


Upgrade of selected Health Facilities (infrastructure, utilities, equipment and supplies)


Capacity Building
for Health Workers


Establishment of Set-up Drug Revolving Fund in Project Hospitals


Community-based Health Insurance Scheme or other financing model


Establishment of Knowledge Management & Operations research Institute


Investment in Social Determinants of Health

Oloibiri Health Programme (OHP) Goals & Framework

The programme goals are to:

  • 1. Optimize health status indicators of communities within Ogbia LGA to levels comparable with those of developed economies
  • 2. Institutionalize best practices and experiences demonstrable from the project for possible replication and country-wide scale-up

Below is a pictorial representation of the OHP framework

Meet Our Team

OHP Delivery Team

Dr Akin Fajola

Regional Community Health Manager & Business Opportunity Manager for OHP

Mrs Gloria Udoh

External Relations, Social Performance & Social Investment Manager

Mrs Toruba Dokubo

Clinical Health Nurse

Mrs Suodei Akenge

Public Health Nurse

Mrs Rebecca Ogbimi

Business Planning and Strategy