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Thought Leadership Series

What Nigeria’s health sector can learn from the #EndSARS protests

For two weeks, young Nigerians coordinated peaceful protests across the country to demand an end to police brutality, illegal profilings, extortion and in some cases, extrajudicial executions by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). Protest participants cut across different backgrounds and social classes but were united by a common goal, […]

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Torchlight Series

ACEGID in Ede: Science Capacity evolving in Nigeria from an unusual Location

When will the COVID-19 pandemic be over? Will life return to how it was before COVID-19 disrupted it? These questions probably run through every person’s mind often even if they are not conscious of it. But the pandemic is far from over, even though the ease of lockdown measures makes it appear as if the […]

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Torchlight Series

Empathy, sacrifice and resolve: One centre making a dent in kidney care in Lagos State

Like other students, Chidozie had visions of what to do after graduating as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Getting a placement for his internship and earning some money was top of his wish list. He would often discuss these plans with close friends. His devotion to his Catholic faith and his calm and collected nature set […]

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Torchlight Series

Lemonade from lemons: Survivor stands strong to end rape in Nigeria

One of the messages people circulate on social media and across the popular messaging platform WhatsApp is “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. The message is used to encourage people to remain determined in the face of challenges and if possible, find ways to turn the challenge into triumph. But for Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

The Men who Change Diapers: Men’s antenatal classes encourage better maternal health in Lagos

There are so many stories of giving birth in Nigeria. From good to not so great. These stories come from people in all classes of the society. While there are thousands of successful deliveries that happen daily across the country, it is often the unsuccessful deliveries that seem to make it faster to the news. […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

From land to sea: Improving maternal and child health access in Lagos State

Ensuring that people everywhere have access to affordable, quality healthcare at the point of need, is an imperative that requires urgent action. Access is one of the three important components of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The global health and development community marked UHC Day on December 12, bringing attention to the important role of quality […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Quality healthcare is local: The Ijede General Hospital Story

The Ijede General Hospital is located along the Egbin Thermal Power Station Road in Ijede Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State. The hospital sits on land about the size of a standard football pitch and serves a population of about 40,000 Ijede citizens. A good number of patients also come from surrounding catchment […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Hand in Hand: Collaboration for better maternal health in Gombe

How do you get women in rural areas to discard harmful traditional maternal health practices and adopt the practice of going to health facilities for antenatal care and delivery? One approach is to give them the opportunity to understand the problems posed by the harmful practices and supporting them to come up with the solutions […]

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Health Torchlight Series

A Chill on Disease: Gricd Frij, a homegrown solution to Nigeria’s Cold Chain Constraints

When Oghenetega Iortm, CEO of GRICD, a cold chain and logistics company spoke at the 2019 Health Watch Forum in Abuja themed “Prevent Epidemics: Immunise,” he focused on challenges facing distribution of vaccines maintaining the right temperature in Nigeria and strategies to address them. But inside their production hub located in the Ikosi area of […]

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PHC Torchlight Series

Oloibiri to Abuja: Sustainable People-centered investments in primary and tertiary care

A blue Toyota Corolla pulled to a stop inside the hospital premises and a middle-aged woman helped a frail young boy into the outpatient unit. She approached the nursing station with a distressed look on her face. A member of staff from the hospital took the boy into the nursing station to attend to him. […]

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SRHR Torchlight Series

Na we dey shake ground: Kuje’s youth run, youth-friendly clinic

Young people make up a significant proportion of Nigeria’s growing population and this demographic dividend could benefit the Nigerian economy if the potential of this young population is harnessed. They also hold the key to Nigeria’s development, but for this to happen, investment in their sexual health must be intentional. This is referred to as […]

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Nutrition Torchlight Series

Food for Thought – The Dako Community School Feeding Programme nourishing young minds

The drive seemed endless. The Nigeria Health Watch and TY Danjuma Foundation (TYDF) teams had driven for almost 40 minutes from Gwagwalada town, one of the area councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), but still had not reached their final destination, Dako, a small farming village with a population of about 3000 people. The […]

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Thought Leadership Series UHC

The human cost of the lingering NHIS debacle

Jocelyne Agbo still thinks about the death of little Aliyu. The questions keep recurring – “Did he die because his father didn’t do everything he was supposed to? Could I have done more? Could the government have done more to provide basic healthcare for him?” She remembers visiting the Maikunkele community in Bosso local government, […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Crib A’Glow: Saving tiny hearts in the FCT through technology

Placed on a hospital cupboard about two meters from the ground, the little box glows with a brilliant blue light, beautiful in the dark. Unlike the normal incubator used in Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), the box measures approximately about 1m x 0.5m x1m (3ft x 2ft x 2ft) and weighs a little above 5 […]