Although the Association is involved in many of the government’s activities, it is consulted formally by the government only on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis. It is not consulted as ‘of right’ on health issues and has to press for its participation. The Association nominates eleven members of the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria which regulates the practice of medicine & dentistry in Nigeria and the curricula of its medical schools.
The NMA is at present involved in influencing health policy formulation in an ad hoc manner. This is done by making unsolicited recommendations to government on various health issues and also by making inputs, whenever invited, to some of the national committee meetings on policy formulations.
The Association holds training courses for doctors, and participates in radio programmes and TV talk shows. It has several on-going projects including those on AIDS, on family planning and on primary health care. Project development is dependent upon outside funding. Funding agencies supporting the Association’s activities include UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, USAID, The Ford Foundation, and the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.
The Association collaborates in specific projects on health issues with individual NGOs and with the National Association of Non-governmental Organizations on health (NANGOH).
The NMA plans to make more in-roads into the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that it is involved on all aspects of policy formulation, especially in the planning stages.
It is also planned that the NMA continues to cooperate with government in project development so that the association may be represented on the delegations to regional and international health conferences
The NMA is the host of the permanent Secretariat of the Confederation of African Medical Associations and Societies (CAMAS). The Association is developing a proposal to involve all African Medical Associations and Societies (Anglophone, Francophone and Arabic-speaking) in efforts to improve reproductive health and safe motherhood in Africa.