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Torchlight Series

Sustaining the tempo; How Kano is succeeding in its fight against Polio

As the early morning harmattan wind blew through the crowded Fagge area of Kano, about thirty people, mostly women, gathered inside the Galadima Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Fagge C ward. In teams of three, they prepared to collect vials containing Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) from the PHC, as they would each morning for the […]

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PHC Torchlight Series

A Brand New Maito: Renovated PHC caters to community health needs in Niger State

It is a dusty Tuesday morning in Maito village, typical of the early harmattan season. Men and women carrying farm equipment walk on either side of the small road that divides the village into two. The rainy season has ended, and the villagers are busy harvesting. Not so for Malam Aliyu Bala, who has to […]

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Torchlight Series

Meet your Match: J Blood Artificial Intelligence connects blood donors to receivers in the FCT

Is there an alternative to blood for humans? The answer is no.One of the most vital requirements for a woman experiencing severe bleeding during childbirth is a blood transfusion. It is also the most essential need of a child suffering from severe anaemia due to chronic malnutrition or malaria. Accident victims, organ transplant patients and […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Deliberate action to fight antibiotic resistance in Nigeria: World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2019

Since the discovery of Penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, antibiotics have continued to play a critical role in healthcare. Not only are they used to treat infections caused by various strains of bacteria, they are also used to prevent bacterial infections during surgery and in the event of accidents. However, these life-saving medications are increasingly becoming […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Partnership to strengthen immunisation; The Kano State model

“It was a hectic day, we had a fixed immunisation session in Gachi village,” says Umar Alhassan, a Routine Immunisation (RI) provider as he arrives in Wudil town on his motorbike with two coolers he uses to carry vaccines from the Wudil Primary Health Centre (PHC). Gachi is a settlement in Wudil Local Government Area […]

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SRHR Torchlight Series

IntegratE; Breaking down barriers in the uptake of family planning services in Kaduna State

“I don’t want to be pregnant at this age. I want to continue my education’’. Says 17-year-old Precious Haruna as she comes out of a patent medicine store in her Karatudu community in Chikum Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. Precious has come for a counselling session about the injectable contraceptive method she is […]

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Lessons from Kaduna: improving immunisation coverage through local emergency coordination centres

In the last three decades, the world has gone through a long and tough road in the push to eradicate the crippling wild poliovirus disease. From more than 350,000 cases across 125 countries in 1988, the disease has been reduced to 33 cases in only two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan, by the end of 2018. Nigeria, […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Mamacare: Using health education to improve maternal and child health in Lagos State.

Lagos Island Maternity Hospital is one of the best known public health facilities in Lagos, which has for many years, served communities on Lagos Island and the larger area commonly known as the Island. Located in the heart of Lagos Island, a few metres away from the privately-owned St. Nicholas Hospital, it provides maternity care […]

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PHC Torchlight Series

A Tale of Two PHCs in Niger State: Accessing Equitable Healthcare From Beji to Maito

Beji village, Bosso Local Government Area (LGA), in Niger State is an agrarian community, 30 kilometres from the state capital, Minna. Renowned for the huge yams produced in the town, Beji is also known for its popular cattle market, one of the biggest in the state. Mrs. Halima Musa is the In-Charge at the Beji […]

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PHC Torchlight Series

Creating a haven for quality primary care in Niger: The Fuka example

On a cold drizzling morning in Fuka village, Munya local government area (LGA), Niger State, three-day-old Oscar has just been bathed and dressed by his grandmother. He looks healthy in his sweater and lies comfortably in his mother’s arms. Twenty-three-year-old Mary, his mother, had just applied chlorhexidine gel around his unbiblical cord area. “It is […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Herd Immunity: Jigawa’s community-driven approach boosts immunisation coverage

Jigawa State has been largely characterised by its poor development indices. The latest States Domestic Product report from the Nigeran National Bureau of Statistics identifies it as being one of Nigeria’s poorest states. In addition, its literacy rates are among the lowest in Nigeria and the number of out of school children is among the highest in […]

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Infectious Disease Torchlight Series

Isolate, trace and respond: How a new emergency operations centre has improved outbreak response in Kebbi

Dr. Assad Hassan had just graduated from the prestigious Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) when he received the urgent call to take on the role of State Epidemiologist to head up the newly established Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) in Kebbi State. He and his newly assembled team had probably never imagined […]

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Beyond Surgery: Gesse Centre’s innovative approach to fistula care in Kebbi

Gesse Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) Centre in Birnin-Kebbi is the only facility in the entire state of Kebbi providing care for women suffering from fistula. It has served as a referral centre for VVF since 2005. Today, Dr. Abubakar Dakingari, the head of the centre and his team are performing a routine fistula repair surgery. Dr. […]

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SRHR Torchlight Series

#ArewaMeToo and the Centre Giving Sexual Abuse Survivors a Voice in Niger State

Mary (not her real name) is an 11-year-old girl preparing for her Common Entrance Examination. She is a kind, cheerful and brilliant girl according to her father, a 63-year-old pensioner. Mary lives with her parents and siblings in one of the densely populated neighbourhoods in the central area of Minna, the capital of Niger State. […]