Despite recently observed progress in population health, there remains an urgent need to do more to improve health outcomes, otherwise Nigeria will be unable to attain the health related MDGs.
Nigeria still accounts for a disproportionate share of the world's burden of child and maternal morbidity.
It is estimated that approximately one million women and children die every year in Nigeria from largely preventable causes.
Diseases such as malaria, childhood pneumonia, diarrheal diseases and malnutrition account for most of the childhood deaths.
As a result of the private sector's potential to expand the access to health services, improve quality of care and complement the public sector's efforts in addressing health system challenges in the country, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Mr. Bill Gates, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, Mr. Jim Ovia, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Mrs. Sola David Borha and other corporate leaders in Nigeria formally endorsed the activation of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN) to mobilize the broader business and corporate community as well as the private health sector towards a multi-sectoral coalition to improving health outcomes.