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IntegratE Project steering committee inaugurated to improve family planning services


Family Planning

Determined to improve the quality of family planning services provided by community pharmacists and patent and proprietary medicine vendors and create enabling environment for the sustainable delivery of these services, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has inaugurated the integratE Project steering committee.

The integratE project which is co-funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Merck for Mothers foundation is a four-year project being implemented by a consortium of partners led by Society for Family Health (SFH) will be implemented in Lagos and Kaduna States.

The steering committee made up of key stakeholders from regulators to the practitioners was inaugurated on Monday February 26 in Abuja. The Steering committee which is chaired by the head of Family Planning Division, FMoH, Dr. Kayode Afolabi, also had members including: Registrar, Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN), NAE Mohammed; President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Ahmed Yakassai; Director of Pharmaceutical Services Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Moyo Adejumo; Director of Pharmaceutical Services Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Human Services, John Bulus. Others include: Chairman, Association of Community Pharmacists (ACP), Dr. Alkali Kelo; National Chairman of the National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicines (NAPPMED), Prince Joel Odoh; and Chairman of Lagos State Medicine Dealers Association (LSMDA), Chief Kelvinson Okpara.

The committee will provide strategic guidance to the project including oversight on broad strategic direction and in addition support the successful implementation of the project leveraging the wider resources, technical expertise and knowledge of members on Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMVs) and community pharmacy practice in Nigeria

In accepting the nomination, the chairman of the Committee who also represented the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, expressed delight at the opportunity to serve in the committee and promised to provide all the necessary support that will make the project succeed bearing in mind that the project will contribute towards the achievement of the FP 2020 target set by the country.

Managing Director, SFH, Bright Ekweremadu, who represented the heads of consortium organizations thanked the committee members for accepting the offer to serve in the committee and charged them to ensure that the project succeeds as this will undoubtedly improve the health outcomes of especially the poor and the vulnerable.

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