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Thought Leadership Series

Improving WASH in Nigeria’s Underserved Communities

Yimitu is a low-income community on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. A significant part of its population is made up of people displaced from Northeast Nigeria by the Lake Chad conflict. An estimated three thousand people live there, but no census has been carried out in the community. They are predominantly farmers, small […]

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Torchlight Series

Adolescent 360: An all-round approach to increase access to Sexual and Reproductive Health services for Nigeria’s young people

An adolescent or teenage girl is often described as a young person who is approaching womanhood. According to the World Health Organisation, an adolescent girl is between the ages of 10 and 19, a time when she is navigating puberty, discovering herself and her sexuality and all that makes her a woman. This is a […]

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Thought Leadership Series

There is no U(HC) without Me(ntal Health)

“Without mental health, there can be no physical health”- Dr Brock Chisholm It is not an uncommon sight to see naked or half-clothed persons roaming the streets of villages, towns and cities in Nigeria. Commonly called ‘Ototolo’ (madmen) by the Ugep people of Cross River State, they live on and eat off the streets and […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Behind the 66%: Pathfinder International Initiative helps reduce maternal deaths in Cross River

No woman should die while giving life… These words took on a whole new meaning for me when I lost my sister-in-law a few hours after she gave birth to her third child. She died from excessive bleeding after delivery (postpartum hemorrhage) and although the hospital said that they had done all they could, I’ve […]

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Life is in the Blood: Talk Show Host drives donations to FCT blood bank

“To whomsoever saved my life – ‘Thank you’ I owe you my blood” –Kid It wasn’t the first time a heavy and prolonged period had sent Mma to the emergency room. Her monthly flow usually left her feeling extremely weak. “Madam get blood, get blood”, the hospital officials kept telling me,” Mma’s mother says. “It […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Immunisation Protects Our Herd: Nigeria Health Watch Forum 2019

Immunisation is a clear success story and its value in preventing and curtailing infectious diseases cannot be overemphasised. It prevents an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths annually. What does immunisation have to do with preventing epidemics in Nigeria? Everything. In June 2017, Nigeria conducted a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess the country’s capacity […]

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Torchlight Series UHC

Further Together: Collaboration for UHC in Africa by 2030

As we entered Rwanda’s airspace and began our final descent to the Kigali International airport, I looked out of my window, eager to get my first glimpse of the city. The view of the skyline at night is breathtaking. The city spreads out over several hills and valleys, which is befitting as Rwanda is known as […]