Society for Family Health is one of Nigeria’s largest non-governmental organisations.


Founded in 1985 by three eminent Nigerians: Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti (late), Justice Ifeyinwa Nzeako (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 2017, 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 2013-2017 using the 2012 value as deadline, and will have generated a 20% increase in unrestricted funds by 2017 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.

  • At SFH, we are one family that are committed to the pursuant of our vision and mission statement, while taking pride in our core value system. SFH’s core values are guiding principles and tenets that describe how the organisation strives to operate:

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

  • Integrity: 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.

  • Accountability: 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.

  • Respect: 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.

  • Professionalism: 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.

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

  • Collaboration: 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.

  • The Society for Family Health Nigeria works in five key areas of family health; each deliberately selected as identified fields which significantly affect family health in Nigeria.

Here are our Thematic areas:

  1. Malaria Prevention and Treatment

  2. HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

  3. Maternal and Child Healthcare

  4. Family Planning and Reproductive Health

  5. Clean and Safe Water Systems

SFH Nigeria’s thematic areas are enveloped in different projects which are implemented in many states across Nigeria.