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Activism at the International Conference of AIDS

The International AIDS conferences and activism are inextricably linked. Many aspects of the pandemic and our response have been shaped by activists. The historical approach to infectious diseases prior to HIV was one of containment, quarantine and isolation…as we attempted to restrict transmission. But HIV, with its long incubation period, its prevalence initially in marginalised populations led […]

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Where is the research out of Nigeria at the International Aids Conference ?

Yes, we have two stands at the exhibition zone of the conference, but our contribution to the science at this conference has been minimal at best. I am yet to find any oral presentation out of Nigeria …and believe me I have been searching. Yes our National Agency for the Control HIV/AIDS has a stand at the conference, […]

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2nd Day at AIDS 2010 belongs to Bill Clinton

It is difficult to describe the emotions that Bill Clinton stirs in people.  I cannot forget the images of his first appearance at the closing ceremony of the X1V International Aids Conference in Barcelona, eight years ago. This was one year after he left office, when he slowly walked onto the stage holding the hands […]

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First day at the XVIII International Conference on AIDS in Vienna

When I attended my first International Conference on AIDS in Durban, South Africa, exactly 10 years ago, I was still swinging between returning to a clinical career or staying in public health. That conference sealed the deal. The energy at what is now referred to as the historic Durban conference, was beyond anything I had […]

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Preparing for Vienna: Another International AIDS conference

Every other year, the HIV/AIDS ‘community’, an odd mixture of scientists, youth, community workers, activists, politicians, and various other groups gather in one city in the world for one of the largest conferences related to an area of scientific endeavour. Its that time of the year again – time for AIDS2010  It is inspiring to see […]

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Job seeking in Nigerian Hospitals

Recruitment for specialist positions in a complex sector like health, will always be a challenge. This is especially the case if the management team of a facility are really looking for the best people to provide care for their patients. This has been a problem in Nigeria for years as the recruitment process is hardly […]

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"Africa Health" not just a journal!

Growing up with a physician for a father in 70s Nigeria, had a few of advantages and challenges. In the small university town of Nsukka, there were not many medical journals that came through the post. One that did come through inevitably every month was “Africa Health”. As I slowly developed an interest for my father’s […]

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A round-up of health news stories out of Nigeria

Following health news out of Nigeria is always interesting as one finds the good, bad and the simply absurd. Find here a cross section of recent stories. “The sector, hitherto in a state of prostration, slumped into a coma with very severe untold consequences on the health of ordinary citizen’s especially sick infants and children, pregnant women […]

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Stories of hope and despair: A personal perspective of Primary Health Care in Nigeria

When we recently called on you, our readers to send us your accounts of encounters with the health sector in our country, we were not quite sure what to expect. But the piece below took us completely by surprise. This beautifully written account of the primary health care system in Nigeria from the perspectives of government, […]

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Medical missions with a difference

All over the USA and UK, the annual mobilisation of Nigerians to donate towards “Medical Missions”is in full swing.  The fund raising of the Anambra State Association, USA is in full swing. They raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year and spend time in several health facilities in Anambra State. From Nimo, to Oko, to Ogbaru…they […]

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Three major issues at the 63rd World Health Assembly

As described in a previous post – the 63rd World Health Assembly has just concluded in Geneva. Despite the 7 journalists that were part of the Nigerian delegation, very little has been reported in the Nigerian press. We therefore summarise the three most important issues discussed. Three issues that caused the most furore at the Assembly was […]

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Helpless over Lassa

We have on several occasions blogged about repeated episodes of Lassa fever in Nigeria, and the lack of progress on a coherent national approach in response to these outbreaks. We have advocated on several occasions for a federal agency that controls and monitors  infectious and chronic diseases, as modelled on the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) […]

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Our Honourable Minister – Welcome to Nigeria

When we read the below quote in our Honourable Minister of Health’s speech to the recent World Health Assembly, we were worried, uncertain whether this was naivety or ignorance of the complexity of the health problems on hand in Nigeria. But, we were also worried that he might have simply read a script given to him by colleagues at […]