Assuring Public Health International & Domestic Security (APHIDS)


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 a 5-year period to improve the 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 proposed in 2018 by the United State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC).

Georgetown University Center for Global Health Practice and Impact (GU-CGHPI) in conjunction with Savannah Health System Innovation Ltd (SHSIL), with technical support from the US CDC and user interaction/feedback from the NCDC developed and deployed an Enterprise-wide project portfolios and programmes management platform named APHIDS app (Assuring Public health International and Domestic Security application) to support NCDC achieved it mandate to lead the preparedness, detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies by effectively and efficiently managing resources, risk, interdependencies in a timely manner.

APHIDS is a multipurpose electronic system that uses project management principles to support the planning, tracking and execution of all activities and projects towards achieving the International Health Regulations (IHR) in Nigeria.


To implement a framework with set of tools to enable the NCDC and other relevant agencies to organize and monitor health security-wide project portfolios and programmes necessary to achieve the IHR goal.


The APHIDS platform provides a one stop shop of functional project management components to support coordination, monitoring, supervision, and execution of day-to-day activities at the NCDC. This includes the institutionalization of project management with the use of technology (APHIDS) at all levels.

1. A functional Program management system component      
  • Onboard and monitor programs, projects, activities and task to completion 
    • APHIDS platform has 3 programs created into the system (1) IHR (2) NCDC departmental projects and (3) Outbreak management
    • The Outbreak management program is actively in use for the ongoing COVID 19 pandemics.
2. A functional Human Resource management component
  • Leave management module with functions for applying, approving and reviewing available leave days.
  • Time and attendance module to track and monitor (1) Early clock in and (2) Out of office
  • Active Employee directory completed 
  • Trainings
  • Organogram 
  • Staff performance & appraisal
3. A functional Document management component
  • Uploads
  • Downloads
  • Public vs. private documents

4. A functional Partner management component
  • Partner registration 
  • Project activity definition 
5. Functional Dashboards for monitoring and supervision across all activities
  • Activity trackers 
  • Project progress status
6. A functional Inventory management component
  • Asset management
Expected deliverables:

The provision of technical assistance and support for the NCDC to implement programs focusing on protecting and improving health by addressing identified gaps. In addition to implementation of benchmark action plans to address these critical gaps and constraints in the implementation of programs and business processes management by utilizing best global practices enhanced by technology solutions (APHIDS) to improve the development of core capacities for GHSA implementation.

  • Geography of Work: 

NCDC Nigeria

  • Key Personnel and beneficiaries/End users
    • The Director-General, NCDC
    • Heads of Departments at the NCDC
    • Division Heads of the NCDC
    • Unit Heads of the NCDC
    • Staff of the NCDC
    • Partners of the NCDC
    • APHIDS team

Engagements and re-engagements with stakeholders: The LISTEN model was applied through all the phases by engaging and re-engaging the end Users in the design, development, deployment and utilization of APHIDS. Various stakeholders’ engagements were held with Heads of Departments, Division heads, Unit heads, other staff and Partnering organizations.