by Paul Webster
The Lancet, Vol 390, No. 10089, pp. 15–17 – Published: 01 July 2017
Unlicensed medicine vendors, known as drug shops, are common practice in Nigeria, where primary health providers are scarce. By the government’s own admission, the public health system is direly inadequate. In this setting the country’s vast network of unofficial drug shops is a dominant source of health care in the country. Nigeria is not the only resource-scarce country exploring the idea of integrating unlicensed drug shops into primary health-care services. Various innovations are being implemented across several countries to promote the roles played by drug shops.