Pfizer Nigeria: Setting The Standard In Wellness And Health Care Solutions
At Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals Limited, finding sustainable solutions to the most pressing health care challenges of the world cannot wait because the company understands that good health is vital to existence. Accordingly, Pfizer is committed to applying science and its global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. The pharmaceutical company strives to provide access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and related health care services to the people who need them.
The company has a leading portfolio of products and medicines that support wellness and prevention, as well as treatment and cures for diseases across a broad range of therapeutic areas. The company has an industry-leading pipeline of promising new products that have the potential to challenge some of the most feared diseases of our time, like Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
To ensure that the company continues to deliver on its commitments to patients, customers and shareholders, it focuses on improving the way it does business by operating with transparency in everything it does and listening to the views of all the people involved in health care decisions. Through working in partnership with everyone from patients to health care providers and managed care organizations to world governments and non-governmental organizations, its goal is to ensure that people everywhere have access to innovative treatments and quality health care.
It applies science and its global resources to bring therapies to people and significantly improve their lives. The pharmaceutical company strives to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Its global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer healthcare products.
Every day, Pfizer staff work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases currently. Consistent with its responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, it collaborates with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable healthcare around the world. For more than 150 years, the company has worked to make a difference for all who rely on the organisation.
Pfizer Nigeria, a subsidiary of Pfizer Global Pharmaceutical has demonstrated its commitment to the well-being of the society through its core values and philosophy which include customer focus, respect for people, innovation, integrity, leadership and performance.
This explains why the company has embarked on numerous CSR initiatives in the Nigerian market, some of which include: blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol readings in rural communities, pharmacies, religious organizations, corporate establishments, and health care institutions. Also, it has collaborated with Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) to address topical health issues, including adopting international standards in the health care delivery system. It has also partnered with NGOs in the fight against cervical and breast cancers. The pharmaceutical company is also championing anti-counterfeit public awareness campaign in Nigeria.
Another initiative of the organisation is the donation of tonometers to health institutions across Nigeria to help in the diagnosis of glaucoma.
Other success stories from Pfizer include an award acknowledging the full computerization of the Pharmacy Department in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). There was also an award of recognition for contributions to the development of children’s programmes at the National Museum Esie, Kwara State.
The company is also supporting the goal of eliminating blinding trachoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness, by 2020. To achieve this, the pharmaceutical company donated Zithromax® (an antibiotic) for the free management of trachoma, an increasing health issue in Nigeria.
It also set up a pilot Health Information Systems Project with full computerization of the Pharmacy Department in LUTH, which allows the patient flow system to generate timely, reliable and credible data useful for future research.
The pharmaceutical company also worked with the Federal Road Safety Corps to educate commercial drivers at bus stations in Lagos State on the effects of glaucoma.
Pfizer Nigeria, in collaboration with the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria (OSN), has established the Glaucoma Patients Association for Lagos State to encourage the prevention and treatment of glaucoma by supporting early detection of the disease.
The collaboration was announced recently as part of activities marking the World Glaucoma Week in Lagos where free glaucoma screenings were conducted by OSN and the Medical Clinic of the National Television Authority (NTA) at major hospitals. The week ended with a Health Walk for Sight event that attracted more than 800 participants, including colleagues and key partners from OSN, NTA, and the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria.
Glaucoma is the second most-common cause of blindness worldwide according to a 2006 study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. It is estimated that, globally, 4.5 million persons are blind due to glaucoma and that this number will rise to 11.2 million by 2020.
The pharmaceutical company also provided speaking books with basic information on Pneumococcal disease to people with low literacy levels through the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria.
It also supported the development of the African Pharmaceutical Forum website as part of its effort to strengthen pharmacy alliance and the information system in the health care sector.
To further demonstrate its acknowledgement of a strategic partnership with relevant stakeholders, leading healthcare company Pfizer Nigeria supported the 88th Annual General Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) in Abuja. The conference sponsorship was geared towards sustaining the mutual relationship that exists between Pfizer and the PSN. The conference has over the years evolved to become a significant event for pharmacists and healthcare professionals. This is an attestation that Pfizer Nigeria values its relationship with all stakeholders.