The Healthcare Administrators Association of Nigeria (HAAN) is a professional non-governmental organization registered (Reg. 133104) in line with the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAP C20, LFN 2004. It is operated by a team of professional Healthcare Administrators that promotes best practice, excellence and professionalism in Healthcare Administration and Management amongst members in Nigeria.
Guided by the vision, HAAN’s membership is opened to Leaders, Administrators and Managers working in health and social care both in public and private sectors. HAAN therefore identifies, recognizes and supports healthcare leaders, advocating for their mission and promoting excellence in their profession.
The focus historically on human-resources needs in healthcare has been on the development and training of physician, nurses and allied health professionals. While there is still a gap that remains in these necessary roles, another acute gap has emerged, that of a scarcity of professionally trained administrators for health systems, health facilities and the other organizations that comprises the healthcare system. Arguably, many of the issues in health equity, such as the migration of physician and nurses across borders, the operational inefficiencies of facilities and dysfunctional supply chains derive from sub-optional administration throughout the emerging markets, particularly in Nigeria. There have been some attempt to address the administrative gap, but there have been few, if any, degree or diploma programmes established for healthcare administrators. A full scale healthcare administrative institution needs to be established to feed the rising demands for this cadre of administrators for our system.
As the UN’s sustainable Development Goals reinforce healthcare as a human right, it has yet been in scarce supply in many nations of the world including Nigeria. While it is the case that there is a pressing need for the human-resources development of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals in Nigeria, it is also true that development of a professional class of healthcare administrators is just as urgently needed at every level of the healthcare value chain, whether they be health post administrators, chief Executives of large hospitals, or civic leaders of health ministries. While healthcare facilities are often administered by healthcare practitioners, the full range of necessary skill sets is neither taught as part of medical or nursing education nor acquired through experience. The healthcare Administrators Association of Nigeria seeks to be the nation’s most prominent professional and non-governmental organization supporting the education of members, networking, resources and advocacy needs of both rural and urban healthcare administrative benefits in Nigeria.