The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) was founded in 1927; it is one of the oldest and most organized & robust professional bodies in West Africa. PSN has contributed immensely to the advancement of the health sector and national development in the last 90 years. To consolidate on PSN modest achievements in the public health sector (advocacy, supply chain management, health system strengthening, constituency mobilization, sensitization among others), a Foundation that will focus entirely on these activities in a more sustainable way was established. The PSN Foundation mandate is to impact on the welfare and well-being of all Nigerians especially the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach population by advocating, participating and supporting the strengthening of Nigeria healthcare system.
In 2014, following a landscape study of high performing civil society organizations in Nigeria, PSN was selected to implement a 3-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) grant on child and family health. The 3-year (2014-2017) BMGF “Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health” (PACFaH) project was aimed at strengthening Nigeria healthcare system through advocacy for the fulfillment of policies; budgetary allocation, timely releases & budget implementation; as well as mainstreaming the management of childhood killer diseases (Pneumonia & Diarrhea); Nutrition; Family Planning and Routine Immunization; in National and sub-national health planning. The PSN was saddled with mainstreaming the management of childhood killer diseases (Pneumonia & Diarrhoea); specifically, to adopt Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablets (Amoxicillin-DT) and Zinc Low Osmolarity Rehydation Salts (Zn-Lo-ORS) as first-line treatment in the management of childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea.
Based on the outstanding performance of PSN in the PACFaH project, a new contract under the PACFaH@Scale (PAS) project was sub-granted to the PSN with the mandate to support the Nigeria government in the strengthening of health systems through the non-clinic based private sector (Community Pharmacists and Patent & Proprietary Medicine Vendors). PSN implemented the expansion of access to quality Family Planning (FP) services and commodities through the Community Pharmacists (CPs) and the Patent & Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs).