In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the NGOs for Medical Laboratory Scientists in Nigeria. If you’re looking for NGO jobs as a professional or fresh graduate in Medical Laboratory Science, this list will help you secure a job. You can check out their websites to see if they’re currently recruiting.
1. Society for Family Health (SFH)
The Society for Family Health (SFH) is an African NGO that was established in 1983 and formally incorporated in 1985. Its founding members were three Nigerians: Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, Mallam Dahiru Wali, and Hon. Justice Ifeyinwa Nzeako. SFH operates in several key areas, including the treatment and prevention of malaria, HIV/TB prevention and treatment, adolescent and young people programming, reproductive health and family planning, health policy and financing, pharmaceutical system strengthening, research and management information systems, cervical cancer screening and prevention, and the implementation of safe water systems. The current managing director of the organization is Dr. Omokhudu Idogho.
In 2005, the Society for Family Health (SFH) made history as the first Nigerian organization to receive direct funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement reproductive health programs. SFH currently operates in four West African countries—Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria—and has 20 regional offices with 19 active projects spread across all 36 states in Nigeria, where the organization is headquartered.
SFH focuses on ensuring healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, child spacing, and emergency interventions for women at risk. The organization receives funding support from various national and international donors, including the World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, MSD for Mothers, the United States International Development Agency, Stop TB Partnership, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, Oxfam Novib, the United Nations Population Fund, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
The SFH is active in four West African countries, namely Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria. In Nigeria, the SFH operates through 20 regional offices and implements 19 ongoing projects across all 36 states, including the FCT-Abuja, where the organization is headquartered.
The SFH in Nigeria focuses on six key thematic areas that affect family health. These areas include Safe Water Systems, Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Healthcare, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment, Malaria Prevention and Treatment, and Health and Social Systems Strengthening. Check out the Society for Family Health (SFH) official website for current job openings.
2. Health Education and Empowerment Initiative (HEDEN)
The Health Education and Empowerment Initiative (HEDEN), formerly known as the Eclipse Development Initiative (EDI), was founded in 2003 and officially registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2007 under Registration Number CAC/IT/NO 25262. HEDEN’s primary objective is to promote public health and facilitate social change through participation and community building. The organization is also registered with the Ogun State Ministry of Health and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
HEDEN is governed by a 6-member Board of Trustees and is headed by an Executive Director who serves as the Board’s secretary. The Board’s members are Medical Practitioners, Public Health experts, Community Development Professionals, Educationists, and Entrepreneurs.
HEDEN fosters team spirit among its staff, who are trained to be generalists and participate in all aspects of the organization’s work, including facilitation, report writing, community mobilization, and project management. HEDEN is committed to capacity building for all staff members to enable them to effectively implement the organization’s development programs and projects.
HEDEN receives funding from corporate organizations, international donors, consultancies, and a few individuals who share the organization’s passion for its work. Check out the Health Education and Empowerment Initiative (HEDEN) official website for current job openings.
3. The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)
In 2004, Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki established the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) with the objective of improving the health outcomes of women, infants, and children. The WBFA combines its programs with advocacy efforts in Nigeria and globally.
Through the WBFA’s flagship program, MamaCare, the foundation has empowered more than 200,000 women in Nigeria with essential health information. Despite Nigeria’s high maternal mortality rates, WBFA has not recorded any maternal mortality among MamaCare participants. The WBFA team of midwives works tirelessly to enhance the lives of mothers, children, and communities by providing a safe space for conversations around health topics.
WBFA’s Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) initiative is a partnership between the WBFA, Johnson & Johnson, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which is the oldest and most distinguished school of tropical medicine in the world. WBFA collaborates to implement the EmONC training program in Kwara State, utilizing a unique partnership model that brings together a renowned higher education institution, a private sector company, and a civil society organization. Check out the official website of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa for current job openings.
4. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
AHF Nigeria is dedicated to expanding access to HIV services by offering free, high-quality antiretroviral therapy, co-infection management for TB and HIV, treatment for sexually transmitted infections and opportunistic infections, and care and support to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Their focus is on patient-centered, cost-free HIV care and treatment services, especially in remote areas of the states where they operate.
Since beginning operations in August 2011, AHF Nigeria has established 65 comprehensive and decentralized HIV clinics in six states: Anambra, Benue, Cross River, Kogi, Nasarawa, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The organization is also adding an additional 80 sites in Abuja, Cross River, Benue, and Nasarawa under the Federal Government’s Fast Track Initiative, which aims to put an additional 100,000 Nigerians on treatment. AHF Nigeria has expanded into its seventh state of operation, Akwa Ibom, which has one of the highest HIV burdens in Nigeria, according to the recent Nigeria National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS).
To date, AHF Nigeria has conducted over 2,007,830 HIV tests, distributed more than 8,026,259 condoms, and provided financial assistance to its partners through the AHF Grant Fund. Since 2012, approximately $362,937 in grants have been awarded to successful community-based organizations and civil society organizations in Nigeria.
AHF Nigeria provides a range of services in compliance with the Nigeria National HIV Guidelines and global best practices, both in government-supported facilities and standalone clinics. Check out the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) official website for current job openings.
5. Childcare and Wellness Clinics (CWC)
ChildCare & Wellness Clinics is a medical center situated in the Utako District of the Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria. It is staffed by highly ranked physicians and nurses who offer exceptional care to patients. CWC is a family clinic that specializes in providing excellent healthcare services to children and their parents. Additionally, the clinic serves as a public health research center that collaborates with local and international institutions to conduct research in the field of public health.
The clinic’s areas of expertise include Pediatrics, Wellness Clinics, Surgery, Neurology, Endocrinology, Haematology, ENT, Physiotherapy, Dental Surgery, and more. Check out the Childcare and Wellness Clinics (CWC) official website for current job openings.
6. Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria
The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria is a civic professional organization that operates independently of the government, religion, and political affiliations. It is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the public’s welfare by fostering the pursuit, progress, and enhancement of Medical Laboratory Science.
AMLSN is an organization that represents registered Medical Laboratory Scientists who are currently practicing in Nigeria. Its primary objective is to spearhead and promote the adoption of global best practices within the Medical Laboratory Science profession and improve national health services in Nigeria. The Association operates at three levels, which are the National/Secretariat level, State/Branch level, and Chapter/Institutional level. In order to establish a Branch, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Association must grant approval, and it must be located in state capitals or Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Furthermore, the NEC may authorize the creation of “Chapters” based on the recommendations of the state branch as necessary. Check out the official website of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria for current job openings.
7. SYNLAB Nigeria
At SYNLAB, they are a trusted medical diagnostics provider in Nigeria and have been providing world-class diagnostics since 2004. Their commitment to excellence in medical laboratory services is evidenced by the millions of people who trust them to provide reliable medical testing and deliver fast and accurate results. SYNLAB offers an extensive range of laboratory offerings for patient and industry use, serving over 220,000 patients annually and distributing more than 1 million results per year.
SYNLAB’s mission is to provide actionable diagnostic information for a healthier life through a customer-centric approach. They strive to be the leader in medical diagnostics and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for everyone across Nigeria and West Africa. SYNLAB drives digitized processes, expands public-private partnerships, and promotes sustainability to stay at the forefront of the sector.
SYNLAB’s organizational goals are to domesticate tests currently referred to reference laboratories abroad, expand its national footprint, achieve 80% turnaround time at all locations, achieve all external quality controls in all disciplines to a standard recognized by international authorities, and promote corporate sustainability through waste reduction and compliance with health and safety regulations.
As part of the SYNLAB Group, they are supported by a global network of over 2000 medical experts and diagnostic centers, serving patients in 36 countries across 4 continents. Its scientific experts provide consultation on individual diagnostic pathways and interpretation of results, creating a solid foundation for efficient and effective therapy. They work closely with research institutions and universities and maintain an educational institution of its own, the SYNLAB Academy. Check out the official SYNLAB Nigeria website for current job openings.
8. Africare Nigeria
Africare is a non-governmental organization (NGO) established in the United States in 1970 and has been working in Nigeria since 1978. The organization operates over 150 community-based development projects across 25 African countries, with extensive experience in delivering technical, training, material, and financial assistance in the areas of health, food security, natural resource management, water resource development, microenterprise, civil society strengthening, and good governance. In all countries where it operates, health programs are a key focus area and constitute a significant proportion of Africare’s overall development assistance effort. In Nigeria, Africare has its main office in Abuja, with field offices located in Port Harcourt, Asaba, Uyo, and Benin, and smaller satellite offices in Bayelsa and Cross Rivers State.
The Malaria Control and Health Promotion in Flood Affected Populations (MCHP-FAP) Project is funded by Chevron and aims to reduce the prevalence and mortality associated with malaria in communities such as Idah in Kogi State, Agenebode in Edo State, and Koko and Ogbe-Ijaw in Delta States. The project has specific targets related to the use of LLITNs, ACTs, and RDTs, in line with the National Malaria Control Program’s targets outlined in the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control (2009–2013). Check out the Africare Nigeria official website for current job openings and information on how to apply via http://www.africare.org.
9. Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI):
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a worldwide healthcare organization that is dedicated to improving health outcomes and reducing the burden of illness in low- and middle-income countries. Their focus is on working collaboratively with partners to enhance the capacity of both governments and the private sector to establish and maintain high-quality health systems that are sustainable and able to operate effectively without their assistance.
In 2002, CHAI was established with a bold objective: to help save the lives of millions of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, in addition to HIV, they work alongside our partners to prevent and treat malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and cancer, hasten the deployment of life-saving vaccines, reduce maternal, infant, and child mortality rates, address chronic malnutrition, and reinforce health systems. Its operations span more than 35 countries, and more than 125 countries have access to medications, diagnostics, vaccines, and other healthcare tools secured through CHAI-negotiated deals. Check out the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s (CHAI) official website for current job openings.
10. Nigeria Health Watch
Nigeria Health Watch is a non-profit organization that specializes in health communication and advocacy with the goal of promoting improved health outcomes for Nigerians. The organization actively collaborates with the government to raise awareness and knowledge about a variety of health issues in Nigeria.
Its primary objective is to ensure that those responsible for providing healthcare to Nigerians are held accountable for delivering affordable and high-quality services. The organization’s distinctive strength lies in its ability to merge expertise in both health and communication, which allows them to offer evidence-based solutions for health sector communication and advocacy. Check out the Nigeria Health Watch official website for current job openings.
These NGOs provide various types of jobs for medical laboratory scientists or technicians in Nigeria. They work towards improving the quality and accessibility of laboratory services, which is critical for the effective diagnosis and treatment of diseases.