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Nigerian Medical Students’ Association: Active Citizenship for Health Improving Malaria Prevention and Treatment Awareness

Beyond the breakthrough vaccineThe Malaria vaccine is considered to be one of the greatest breakthroughs in medical history. However, in spite of this breakthrough, the battle against malaria is far from over. In the 2021 World Malaria report, Nigeria is still considered one of the 11 highest-burden countries. About 96% of malaria deaths globally were […]

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Power in Her Hands: Breaking the Culture of Silence Surrounding Sexual and Gender Based Violence Through Technology

“…gender-based violence happens to our acquaintances, colleagues, friends and, yes, family members.” Anita Hill. The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) puts the number of girls who experience sexual violence in Nigeria at one in every four. Data makes it possible to measure the true scale of the problem. However, for Omowumi Ogunrotimi, the founder and Executive […]

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Overcoming the Challenges of Financing Routine Immunisation Beyond COVID-19

Vaccines remain an invaluable investment and one of the most cost-effective ways in preventing diseases, especially for new-born babies. When children have their routine immunisations, they are protected against diseases that once caused disability and even death. Access to sustained financing is, therefore, a critical part of ensuring that children continue receiving life-saving vaccines. Discussions […]

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Beyond a building: Overcoming Barriers to Accessing Primary Healthcare in Sauka Community

Water, electricity and good roads are some of the basic amenities every community needs to thrive, while health and education are the foundations of a productive society. Communities that lack these services often experience challenges as their absence slows down development. Indigenous communities in the Federal Capital Territory are amongst the most underserved in terms […]

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From a Fact-Finding Visit to Providing Safe Water for Sauka Community

Big things every so often start in small ways. Louis Pasteur may never have fully conceived the far reaching effects of his innovative contribution to science and medicine.Thomas Edison may never have realised how the invention of a single lightbulb would impact civilisation today. The team that visited Sauka, a rural community of about 3000 […]

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Walking in the Right Direction: Plugging Healthcare Delivery Gaps in Ekiti State

When Dr Uzoamaka Onyeama completed her medical training and was posted to Ekiti State for National Youth Service, she said that she “wasn’t sure of what to expect as I’ve had my entire education in the southeast”. At the time, the state was actively engaged in strengthening health service delivery through the Medical Corps Fellowship […]

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Feed well to learn well: How home-grown school feeding strategies improve nutrition and learning outcomes across Nigeria

“A child that doesn’t feed well cannot learn well”. Isaac Success, Dreams from the Slum. Isaac Success is the founder of Dreams from the Slum, a community-based organisation operating out of Ajegunle in Lagos State. Success went to school without food and his experience inspired him to add a school feeding program to the tuition-free school […]

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The NYSC and NCDC Collaboration: A Partnership Inspired by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beyond being mandatory for the advancement of career prospects after graduation from university, completing the national youth service is a thing of pride for many Nigerian graduates. The process is so important that some Nigerians who complete their undergraduate studies in other countries return home to participate in it. Failing to complete the national service, […]

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Focusing on the vulnerable to achieve UHC in Nigeria: Insights from a book launch

On September 14, 2021, Dr Charles Ezuma-Ngwu, launched a book titled ‘Universal Healthcare and Access to the Lower-income Population: An exploration of Capitation in Lagos, Nigeria’. A financial and budget analyst, Dr Ezuma-Ngwu wrote the book as an output from his PhD research to provide evidence that would encourage policy and action to deliver quality […]

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Building back better from COVID-19: Four insights from the inaugural NiCAFE conference

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that there is no dropping the ball when it comes to preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease outbreaks. Therefore, during the Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology — NiCAFE2021, which took place on the 27th and 28th July 2021, speakers and panelists shared strategies to strengthen public health using lessons […]

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Guilty or not Guilty? How PSN Africa is addressing the realities of postpartum depression in Lagos State

In May 2020, criticisms against a 22-year-old mother, Olufunmilola Adisa, accused of killing her baby in Lagos State flooded the internet. Reports alleged that she wrote a letter describing how she did it. However, two individuals looked beyond the headlines and outpouring of condemnation and offered to assist Adisa. For Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem, a lawyer and […]

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Displaced but not forgotten: Organisations delivering family planning services to Abuja’s IDP camps

When you are displaced from your home, accessing family planning services is probably the last thing on your mind. You will be more concerned with providing security, food and shelter for your family. This is the condition of most displaced families in Nigeria who were forced out of their homes to take refuge in other […]

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Preparing ahead: How Imo State harnessed the REDISSE project to improve its COVID-19 response

As at January 12, 2021, Nigeria has had over a hundred thousand confirmed cases of the novel 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection. The pandemic has continued to challenge healthcare systems across states, forcing them to innovate as they learn, adapt and respond to the disease. Responding to various aspects of the pandemic is also helping […]

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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, […]