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Community Health Workers as the Backbone of Primary Healthcare Delivery: Rwanda’s Approach

Health care should be equitable. This means it must be accessible to anyone, regardless of social class, or place of residence. For a pregnant woman dwelling either in the hills of Rwanda, or in the deserts of Niger Republic, comprehensive antenatal care and support is very important. The work of providing critical care to women […]

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Safe Spaces: Youth friendly centre provides judgement-free forum for sexual and reproductive health convos in Yola

“I have always wanted a place like this, where I can sit and discuss issues with my peers without being judged,’’ says Zulaihat Yusuf, 30, after engaging in a two-hour conversation with 29 other youths in Yola, Adamawa State. The discussion covered many youth concerns, from sexual and reproductive health to drug abuse. ‘’It is […]

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Cupping the Flow: Reusable Cups Putting an End to Period Poverty in Nigeria

In total, a woman menstruates for an estimated seven years during her lifetime. During this time, in addition to grappling with mood swings due to hormonal changes and stomach discomfort, she must maintain her personal hygiene. One of the measures is using menstrual hygiene products to collect and hold blood during the monthly menstrual cycle. […]

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Nourishing the future: How UNICEF is providing nutrition care in Sokoto State

According to the 2018 National Nutrition and Health Survey, Sokoto State is one of the four states with the highest prevalence of malnutrition among children six to 59 months in the country. With a prevalence of 8.4%, only Zamfara (10.3%) Katsina (9.2%) and Jigawa (8.5) are worse off. Nigeria is currently battling child malnutrition amidst […]

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Nigeria is polio-free. What next?

On August 25, 2020 Nigeria and the African continent received what was undoubtedly cheering news amid a very turbulent year — the country and the continent are officially polio free. Nigeria waited with bated breath for the past four years when the last polio virus case was recorded in Borno state, North-east Nigeria. It was a long, […]

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Taking ownership: Women in Jigawa community fund emergency transportation for pregnant women

“My husband and I have always known that I would deliver at the hospital,” says Azeema Hussaini, 25, while sitting on a bed in a muddy two-room house, nursing her three-week-old daughter, Maisara, whom she gave birth to at the General Hospital Jahun, Jigawa State. The mother of three had her previous deliveries at the […]

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Mining HEFA: How Kaduna’s facility census data can be used to improve health care delivery

Data is one of the most important drivers of development, from conceptualisation of interventions to design and implementation. It is what largely guides the policy direction of government and implementation plans of development partners. Data determines what investments will be made in particular areas, and highlights where the need is greater for a specific intervention. […]

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Afe Babalola Multi-system Hospital: Bridging the Gap in Quality Health Care in Nigeria

COVID-19 pandemic has come with lessons for everyone around the world. It has not only shown that even the strongest economies can be severely shaken by just one public health emergency, it has also revealed that the best health systems in the world can be taken unawares by infectious disease outbreaks. Countries in Europe and […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

A tale of two diseases: COVID-19 and Lassa fever in Nigeria

Two hundred and nineteen (219) – That is the number of lives lost to Lassa fever between January and June 2020, according to the latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Nigeria has been experiencing a yearly outbreak of the viral haemorrhagic fever since it was first identified in Borno state in […]

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Nuhu Bammali Maternity: Sustaining immunisation gains in Kano despite COVID-19

Nuhu Bammali Maternity Hospital is a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Yakasai Ward, Kano Municipal area council in Kano state. The facility provides maternity care services to pregnant and breastfeeding women, including antenatal and postnatal care and delivery. The hospital also provides child health services such as immunisation. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with Kano being […]

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A case for PHCs in the fight against COVID19

Since the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, Nigeria like most countries across the world has been battling to contain the disease. The Federal Government restricted flights from high risk countries into the nation’s airports and later followed with total closure. Total lockdowns were imposed by the Federal Government on […]

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Partnership for WASH: European Union and State Governments Improve Services in Rural Communities

Nasoro Primary School is right at the centre of Gumel town in Jigawa State, North West Nigeria. It has over 4,700 students and 78 teachers, according to Arma Muhammed, the head teacher. At 11am on a Thursday morning, the timekeeper stood in the school playground and rang his bell, signalling the break time. Students from […]

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Albishirin Ku: Community Dialogues for better Mother and Child Health in Sokoto

Shafa’atu Abubakar, 37, is a mother of ten who lives in Ubandoma, Sifawa town, Bodinga Local Government in Sokoto State. In January 2020, she gave birth to her 10th and last child at the primary health centre in Ubandoma. It was her first experience giving birth at a health centre. Abubakar says prior to this […]

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Courage in the midst of fear; How Kano contained its current Lassa Fever outbreak

It was the last day of 2019. Everyone, including health workers at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), the largest healthcare facility in Kano State, looked forward to the New Year. Salamatu, a 28-year-old woman, 38 weeks pregnant, arrived at the Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) unit on referral from Standard Hospital, a private hospital where she attended […]