NISONM was founded in 2008, by passionately committed neonatal Paediatricians whose focus and area of activity is newborn care at every level. The inaugural meeting of the association was held on the 25th of June, 2008 at the Chida International Hotel Utako, Abuja. Present at the inaugural meeting were 60 participants who included neonatal physicians, paediatric residents, nurses and other health workers from different parts of the country.


The vision of the association is to be recognised as a key player in reducing Maternal and Neonatal mortality rates in Nigeria


The mission is to consistently contribute to the acceleration of the reduction of newborn rates in Nigeria

These, the association hopes to achieve through Advocacy, Social Mobilization, Capacity Building, Best Practices and Partnerships.

NISONM was borne out of the need to commit technical skills to strengthen the implementation process of reducing neonatal morbidity and mortality in Nigeria.

As key stakeholders on newborn health, the society and her members have since inception been playing key roles in the review of policy documents as it relates to newborn.

We created awareness on maternal and newborn health status; identified factors that impact on newborn survival and disseminate such. 

The Organisation has become well poised over the years as advocates, beacon of care and support, in partnerships and linkages for the survival of every Nigerian Newborn. This commitment is reinforced during the Annual General & Scientific Meetings (AGSM)

Founding Executive Members

Professor Rapheal OruamaboPresident
Professor Mukthar IbrahimVice President
Professor Chinyere EzeakaSecretary….
Dr Nnena IhebuzorAssistant Secretary
Professor Angela OkoloNISONM Advisor
Dr Myria MuktarYola Treasurer
Dr Bede IbeEx Officio
Prof William OgalaEx Officio

Relationship With PAN

Our relationship with the parent body, Paediatric Association of Nigeria has been cordial, as evidenced by the last collaboration with MCSP known as PAN-NISONM collaboration on Essential Newborn care course.

The mentoring scheme is another initiative of PAN/NISONM to improve the coverage and quality of MNCH services. The effectiveness of primary and secondary health facilities is strengthened by visiting at least once a month thereby improving the quality of services provided.