Sydani Initiatives

Leader in advancing the
African Health Sector

Sydani Initiative for International Development, a member of the Sydani Group, is a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to driving sustainable development and social impact across six key areas: Agriculture, Education, Human Capital Development, Climate, Health, and Technology.

Founded in 2017, with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, and a regional office in Nairobi, Kenya, our vision is to pioneer innovative solutions to complex global challenges, empowering communities and individuals to thrive across Africa. We work to strengthen local capacities, foster inclusive growth, and promote human well-being.

As a trusted partner to governments, civil society organizations, and development agencies, we provide strategic guidance, technical assistance, and thought partnership to help our partners achieve their development goals. We promote sustainable farming, innovative learning, effective human capital development, climate resilience, and health system strengthening
while leveraging technology for social impact. Our comprehensive approach enables us to design and implement impactful projects that drive sustainable development and social progress.

Seasoned Team of Experts

Our Leadership

Sidney Sampson is a consummate management consultant, founder, and Global Managing Partner/CEO at Sydani Group.
Mr. Sidney Samson, the Group Managing Partner, Sydani Group

Sidney Sampson

Group Managing Partner
Sunday Atobatele is a Partner and senior management consultant and seasoned public health professional who leads our work across all sectors.
Sunday Atobatele, Partner, Sydani Group

Sunday Atobatele

Dr Tom Mboya is a distinguished Medical Doctor and Public Health Specialist, with a remarkable career spanning diplomacy and healthcare management and significant contributions to global health.
Dr Tom Mboya

Dr Tom Mboya

Country Director, Kenya
Vivian Ajuonu is an accomplished Chartered Accountant with a strong background in Finance Management, Accounting and Auditing.
Vivian Ajuonu, Sydani Group's Finance Manager

Vivian Ajuonu

Finance Manager
Zachariah Itodo is a Human Resource Consultant and Management professional who leads Sydani’s Human Resource and Administrative Team efforts across all the relevant thematic areas.
Sydani Group's Human Resource Manager

Zachariah Itodo

Human Resource Manager
Andikan Ibanga leads Sydani’s portfolio in health financing projects, across multiple donor agencies, and drives innovation and business development efforts.
Andikan Ibanga

Andikan Ibanga

Engagement Manager
Our Impacts within the Development Space

Our Projects

Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Project (CCEOP) GAVI 2019-2023

The Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Project (CCEOP), initiated in 2019, received funding from GAVI and the Nigerian government to strengthen Nigeria's cold chain system and enhance immunization coverage by ensuring every political ward has at least one solar direct drive CCE. With 9344 CCEs procured, deployed and installed to standard guidelines, leading to an increase in the country's CCE ward saturation from 39.5% to 96% since project inception.

Determination of the Operational Expenditure of PHC Facilities (NPHCDA)

Sydani was contracted on the determination of the Operational Expenditure of PHC Facilities project aimed to create an evidence based PHC policy for Nigeria. Funded by NPHCDA, it involved operational research on PHC facility expenditures. Through data analysis and presentations to stakeholders like the Nigerian Governor's Forum, the project aimed to guide policy decisions and foster discussions on public-private partnerships and investments in PHC facilities

Development of the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2021-2025

Sydani provided technical assistance for the Health Thematic Area of the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2021-2025. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), The project aimed to review the implementation of the National Strategic Health Development Plan II (NSHDP II) and inform the development of the MTNDP. Activities were planned and prioritized across FMoH departments, with costing and resource mobilization opportunities identified.

Extended Midwives Service Scheme (NPHCDA) 2023-2026

The Extended Midwives Service Scheme (eMSS) aimed to enhance maternal, newborn, and child health in Nigeria by deploying skilled birth attendants to primary healthcare facilities. Recruitment was completed in 34 states, with 1,977 SBAs ready for deployment. The project aligned with the government's goal of revitalizing primary healthcare and achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2026

Southern Religious and Traditional Leaders' Engagement for PHC Delivery (SORTLE) BMGF 2022 - 2023

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and executed with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, operated from 2022 - 2023 across Nigeria's 17 southern states. The project boosted routine immunization coverage to curb the vaccine-circulating polio variant by engaging traditional and religious leaders, raising awareness about cVPV2, and increasing vaccination demand.

Niger State Management Capacity Strengthening

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, via TA Connect, contracted Sydani to provide technical assistance to strengthen Niger State's primary healthcare management capacity from 2022 to 2023. Aimed to enhance PHC managers' skills across seven thematic areas. Sydani, in collaboration with SPHCDA, developed tools, systems, and a capacity-strengthening curriculum, utilizing methods like on-site training and mentorship. A sustainability strategy was devised for the SPHCDA to maintain the gains achieved beyond the project's duration.

Vaccination Insights

The Vaccination Insights project aimed to enhance immunization decision-making by addressing data challenges in two states, Cross River and Jigawa. A platform called "VacInsight" was developed to aggregate vaccination data from various sources including DHIS 2, EMID, Open LMIS, and Call-in data. This platform integrated AI technology to analyze data and provide evidence-based insights on vaccination coverage and services, benefiting policymakers, health administrators, and EPI Data Managers at state and LGA levels to improve public health outcomes.

Sydani EcoResearch

The Sydani EcoResearch Project, commissioned in May 2023 serves as our flagship initiative in the climate change sub-sector. Examined the complex interplay between public perception of climate change, climate policy, and climate action in Nigeria. By addressing critical gaps in knowledge and awareness, our primary goal was to drive positive behavioral change and pave the way for a more sustainable and climate-resilient future.

GAVI CDS Support, 2023 - Till Date

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, Gavi Alliance funded Sydani Group to provide critical technical support to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) with a focus on enhancing financial management and optimized supervision for the deployment of COVID-19 vaccinations, this partnership has yielded significant progress in the nation's fight against the pandemic and the safeguarding of vulnerable population.

Nigeria Healthcare Financing Technical Assistance Program

SIfID leads the Nigeria Healthcare Financing Technical Assistance Program, aimed at strengthening healthcare financing mechanisms, improving access to quality healthcare services, and promoting universal health coverage across Nigeria.

BMGF Supply Chain Support

Through our partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), SIfID provides supply chain support to enhance the delivery of essential health commodities, including vaccines, medicines, and medical supplies.

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault in Nigeria (PISAN)

SIfID collaborates with Grand Challenge Canada to implement the PISAN project, which focuses on preventing intimate partner violence and sexual assault through community-based interventions and awareness campaigns.

Routine Immunization

SIfID supports routine immunization efforts in Nigeria, working to increase vaccine coverage, reduce vaccine-preventable diseases, and strengthen immunization systems at the community and healthcare facility levels.

Expanded Social Listening Project

In partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC), SIfID implements the Expanded Social Listening Project, leveraging data and insights to enhance public health communication and response strategies.

Improving Community Awareness on COVID-19 Vaccination

SIfID plays a crucial role in raising awareness and promoting acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination among communities in Nigeria, contributing to national efforts to combat the pandemic.
Gavi COVAX Project
SIfID supports the Gavi COVAX Project, which aims to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, particularly in low- and middle-income countries like Nigeria.
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The Excellence Culture

Our Approach

At SIfID, we believe in a participatory, evidence-based approach to development that prioritizes local ownership, sustainability, and impact. Our team of experts works closely with government agencies, NGOs, community leaders, and other stakeholders to co-create and implement innovative solutions that address the root causes of social and health challenges. Through capacity building, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, we empower individuals and communities to drive change and build resilient, inclusive societies.
Fostering Strategic Collaborations

Our Partners

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