The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), has rolled out project to stop deaths caused by treatable childhood killer diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea, which account for the death of over 400,000 children under the age of five years in Nigeria, annually.
The project, known as PACFaH, is an innovative three-year programme on child and family health, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and coordinated by a leading Nigerian consultancy firm, development Research and Project Centre (dRPC).
President of PSN, Olu- mide Akintayo, disclosed this in Lagos recently, during a press briefing on the forthcoming 88th Annual National Conference of the Society, tagged “Unity 2015,” scheduled to hold in Abuja from November 9 to 14, 2015.
According to Akintayo, the PACFaH programme is implemented through a coalition of seven indigenous Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)- PSN, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CIS- LAC), Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Health Reform Foundation ofNigeria (HERFON).
Revealing that PACFaH has four programme areas which include; treatment of childhood pneumonia and diarrhea; family planning; routine immunization; and nutrition.
The PSN President pointed out that the vision of PSN- PACFaH is to see its advocacy work contribute to getting government and relevant stakeholders work in concert to stop deaths caused by treatable childhood killer diseases- pneumonia and diarrhoea- which account for the death of over 400,000 children annually under the age of five years in Nigeria.
– Angela Onwuzoo