About SFH



Welcome To Society for Family Health

Society for Family Health is one of Nigeria’s largest non-governmental organisations. Founded in 1985 by three eminent Nigerians: Justice Ifeyinwa Nzeako (late),  Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti (late),  Pharmacist Dahiru Wali and Phil Harvey.



Society for Family Health Nigeria has a mission to empower Nigerians, particularly the poor and vulnerable to lead healthier lives.


Working with the private and public sectors, SFH adopts social marketing and behaviour change communication to improve access to essential health information, services, and products to motivate the adoption of healthy behaviours.


By 2018, SFH will be a strong, vibrant, highly efficient organisation conducting value for money (efficient) scalable yet focused interventions. Using a total market approach (using social marketing, free distribution and cost recovery services) SFH will be implementing projects that will target:

  • 50% of the burden of disease in Nigeria
  • 50% of persons within the lower 3 wealth quintiles, who will have access to SFH products or interventions
  • A 5% increase in DALYs yearly with 2012 as the baseline
  • SFH will also have a 10% decrease in cost per DALY averted over the period of 2013-2018 using the 2012 value as deadline, and will have generated a 20% increase in unrestricted funds by 2018 compared to 2012.
  • SFH will have developed a plan to spin off a subsidiary conducting logistics, research training, costs recovery products and specific interventions aimed at the for-profit sector including the oil and manufacturing sectors.

Core Values

Service to Humanity


As a non-profit organisation, we are committed to selfless service to humanity, especially the poor and vulnerable throughout Nigeria.



We are committed to demonstrating honesty and transparency at all times in our dealings with people and organisations in and out of our own establishment.



As employees of a non-profit organisation, we acknowledge an obligation to set and demand the highest standards of accountability in the use of resources entrusted to us by our donors and communities we serve. We accept responsibility for our successes as well as our failures, striving always to do better.



We recognise and strive to respect the diversity inherent in individuals, organisations and our nation. This principle guides our relationships with clients, colleagues, the people we serve and others.



We aspire and strive to be a learning organisation, basing our strategies on evidence and objective evaluation for continuous improvement. SFH provides hard working and talented individuals with opportunities to grow and give of their best. Performance standards are applied consistently and fairly.



We value creativity and innovation, seeking to transform challenges into opportunities to achieve our vision.



We embrace opportunities for furthering our mission through partnerships with other organisations. We encourage teamwork, communication and participation to maximise the collective efforts of all staff.

Board of Trustees

Professor Shima Kaimom Gyoh (President, SFH Board of Trustees) President, SFH Board of Trustees

Professor Gyoh is a surgeon by profession; he has served Nigeria in various positions as Chief Medical Director, Jos University Teaching Hospital, as Director-General (Permanent Secretary) in the...

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Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai Board of Trustee

Dr. Yakasai is currently President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and has been strongly involved in its activities over the years; even serving the Society as Deputy President. He...

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Mr. Kunle Elebute Board of Trustee

A Chartered Accountant by profession, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and Partner in KPMG Professional Services (a firm of chartered accountants). Mr. Elebute bring...

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Moussa Abbo Board of Trustee

He was the Vice President for West and Central Africa at Population Services International (PSI). Mr. Abbo has over 20 years’ experience in leadership and management, in commercial and developm...

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Professor Ekanem Ikpi Braide Board of Trustee

Professor Braide holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology; a Masters and a Doctorate degree in Parasitology. She is currently a Consultant to the WHO and African Programme on Onchocerciasis Control...

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Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu Board of Trustee

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and Consultant Public Health Physician. Dr. Ihekweazu is the CEO of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control. He is also the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (...

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Pharmacist Remi Adeseun Board of Trustee

Pharmacist Remi Adeseun is the country manager (West-Africa) of Quintiles IMS, a multinational healthcare information management and clinical research organisation. He is a Pharmacist and Lagos B...

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