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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. […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Record and Respond: How one Zaria Hospital is Tackling Maternal Deaths 

The ancient city of Zaria in Kaduna State is one of the most famous cities in Northern Nigeria. Aside from its cultural history, it is home to some of the country’s most prestigious educational institutions; the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU); the Nigerian Military School (NMS) and the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH). Less well […]

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Nutrition Torchlight Series

Tackling the challenge of child malnutrition in simple ways: Kaduna State’s approach

It’s cold and dusty, a typical harmattan morning for the residents of Barnawa, a suburb of the city of Kaduna, in Kaduna South local government area. This morning, in front of the community’s Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), about 20 women sit around a table, seemingly unmindful of the cold and dust.  On the table, there […]

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End Stigma: Mission to provide healthcare for Nigeria’s leprosy community

Alheri Community in Yangoji Village, Kwali Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is home to more than 500 people, made up primarily of persons affected by leprosy and their families. The settlement which has 90 apartments was built by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in late 2006. In addition, there are 22 […]

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Infectious Disease Torchlight Series

Isolate & Cure: Katsina could stop spread of outbreaks with isolation centres

A one-year-old child with suspected measles is lying in one of the small rooms outside the emergency paediatric unit of the General Hospital, close to the Emir’s palace in Katsina city. He was brought in two days ago and is surrounded by his mother and two other relatives. The boy is just one of the many […]

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Health Torchlight Series

The Joys of Motherhood: Young midwives enabling safe deliveries in Northern Nigeria

‘Delivering a baby is what gives me joy the most’, explains 26-year-old midwife Aliya Lawal Adam as she takes time out to attend to her one-year-old daughter, her third child, outside the delivery room of the Akilu Memorial Hospital, the only Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Unguwar Galadima, Madobi Local Government Area, Kano State. Aliya […]

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Health Torchlight Series

State-led medical outreach programme boosts healthcare delivery in Kebbi State

Nigeria’s healthcare investment is grossly inadequate, and resources are overstretched. A little over N356 billion is allocated for healthcare in the 2018 budget. With a population of 180 million, that is roughly N2000 per person for the whole year. The country also has 21 teaching hospitals, 20 federal medical centres and 13 specialty hospitals which […]

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Health Torchlight Series

The Joy Of Child Spacing While Giving Birth: One PHC’s Story

Rijiyar Lemu Model Primary Health Center (PHC) along Kano – Katsina road on the outskirts of Kano city centre is unlike many other PHCs in Nigeria. Although the building is somewhat rundown and could do with some renovation, the PHC is large enough to accommodate several offices and there is a moderate staff force. Besides […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Driven by traditional leaders, a “magic” ointment is preventing deaths in newborns: A story from Sokoto

Gagi community on the outskirts of Sokoto in Northern Nigeria is a settlement where everyone knows each other. Modern and traditional style buildings sit side by side.  People are gathered in groups in what is popularly known as ‘Majalisa’, or council on either side of the road, in between clusters of shops and houses. One […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Is there a role for trado-medicine in the Nigerian health sector?

“Immediately they fall sick they consult the oracle to tell them what is causing that illness and proffer a traditional remedy.” – Healthcare Worker, Benue state. Mallam Salisu Mohammed is a traditional medicine practitioner plying his trade in Minna, the capital city of Niger State. Popularly known as ‘Dr. Salisu’, his traditional medicine centre is […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Simple but effective: The community mobilisers driving immunization in Borno State

Polio immunization in Nigeria has arguably received more consistent publicity than any other disease. The focus on eradicating polio via immunization has often taken centre stage in global health conversations, so it is clear why for most people immunization is often synonymous with polio vaccination. There is, however much more to routine immunization than eradicating […]