The Nigerian health sector had seen its own fair share of troubles. We at African Health are immensely grateful to the people who form organizations to alleviate the many horrors a dysfunctional health sector can foist on the massses. While there are a lot of them, here are five such organizations:
Society for Family Health
The Society for Family Health (SFH) Nigeria was incorporated in 1985, focused on providing malaria prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, family planning, cervical cancer screening and prevention and safe water systems. SFH uses behavior change communication through the media to educate people.
In 2005 SFH became the first Nigerian organization to receive direct funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement for the implementation of programmes in reproductive health. The organization also helps to ensure healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, child spacing and emergency interventions for women at risk with funding support from several national and international donors and funders. See more here
Association for Reproductive and Family Health
Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) is a national, non-governmental organization established in 1989 and registered in 1991. In partnership with other organizations, they initiate, promote and implement HIV & AIDS, SRH and family planning program for young people and adults through capacity building. These programmes focus on mobilizing people for behavioural changes that promote the best sexual and reproductive health practices for the reduction of diseases like STIs, HIV & AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Learn more about them here.
Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria
It is one of Nigeria’s most experienced sexual and reproductive health organizations and nationally, it delivers around 10% of all family planning services. Established over 25 years ago, the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) work includes voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) in HIV and AIDS, antenatal and post-natal care, post-abortion care, infertility diagnosis and counselling, and education and counselling on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV and AIDS. PPFN collaborates closely with the Nigerian government on service delivery and the provision of technical guidance on policy development and implementation. It also works with other non-governmental organizations (NGO) and private sector companies.
Family Health International 360 (FHI360)
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. In Nigeria, FHI 360‘s work addresses a broad range of human development challenges. In partnership with the Government of Nigeria, they build local capacity for the delivery of sustainable, high-quality, comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support services
For continuous efficiency and better health outcomes, they help health systems integrate HIV, tuberculosis and family planning services. It ensures food security by providing assistance to the necessary channels. Through community engagements, they also work to combat the challenges faced by orphans and the girl child in different areas.
Save the Children
Save the Children is particular about less privileged children and has been present in Nigeria since 2001. They assist in the improvement of health systems in northern Nigeria as well as overseeing delivery cases like maternal, newborn, and child health services, including the revival of routine immunization.
Do you know any other organization doing great work? Let us know in the comments.