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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) is the implementing partner of the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFH) project. They are focused on supporting and encouraging the government to reduce the under-5 mortality rate and improving health outcomes for childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea in Nigeria.

The PSN-PACFH, which is a merger of eight civil society organisations and allied non- governmental organisations, went on an advocacy visit to Kaduna where death rate among children is high.

The Nigerian country director, Mr. Remi Adeseun led his team on the advocacy visit to the executive secretary, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe. During the advocacy visit, He disclosed that out of the 337,000 births recorded yearly in Kaduna State, 66,000 die before they reach the age of five. He said the 2013 Nigerian Demographic Health Survey (NDHS ) in Kaduna State also showed that for every 1,000 live-births, 185 die  before their 5th birthday and all from preventable and treatable diseases, such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. He said they were very concerned about these health issues in the state.

Responding, Dr. Balarabe said the state government was aware of the challenge and was poised towards tackling it.  She said “All the departments in the Ministry of Health that are into immunization and dispensation of drugs and allied services have now been brought under the roof of this agency for proper coordination.”

“I am sure you are aware of the partnership that the governor signed with the Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation on the eradication of some of these diseases. I want to inform you that the governor has authorized the release of 100% counter-part funds to this cooperation. And I want to assure you that within the time and resources available to us, we shall do our best to solve this malaise”

Author: Yemi Olarinre