A major challenge affecting Nigeria’s health system is the lack of available quality-assured essential medical products. PQM+ is helping ensure the quality of medicines and other medical products in Nigeria with an emphasis on USAID and Government of Nigeria priority malaria and maternal and child health medicines and family planning commodities.
PQM+ collaborates with the government, public agencies, and private sector actors to institute interventions that will improve Nigeria’s manufacturing capabilities, ensure strong national and subnational regulatory systems, and improve the quality of medicines at last-mile points of care, such as community pharmacies and proprietary patent medicine vendors.
PQM+ supports the increased registration of medicines retail outlets with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and increased inspections of these outlets for medicines surveillance and quality improvement and to ensure product quality, safety, and efficacy. PQM+ is also strengthening quality management systems and building laboratory capacity in quality control testing in compliance with international standards to help ensure the quality of medical products circulating in the country.
Impact stories and news
- SWIPHA obtains WHO product prequalification
- Ensuring Quality Tools to Fight Malaria
- Nigeria among six African countries awarded Global VAX funding
- Strengthening National Quality Control Laboratories
- Supporting Nigeria's medicines vendors and community pharmacists
- Multiple labs achieve accreditation milestones
- Nigeria develops capacity to conduct Good Manufacturing Practices inspections
- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control achieves maturity level 3 status indicating strong regulatory systems
- PQM+ supports risk-based post-marketing surveillance for MCH and antimalarial medicines
- Nigeria shifts to local accreditation system, optimizing resources and trust in institutions result
- PQM+ supports adoption of Good Manufacturing Practices at seven pharmaceutical manufacturers in Nigeria