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MNCH Torchlight Series

Babymigo: How a Genius Company in Lagos is empowering mums using tech

Ever wondered how a Nigerian startup came to be listed as one of Time Magazine’s 50 Genius Companies of 2018, standing alongside global giants like Amazon, Apple, Merck and AirBnB? The company’s founders did this by studying a traditional cultural motherhood practice found in most parts of Nigeria… and they then digitised it. When a […]

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PHC Torchlight Series

Can a passionate workforce make up for the shortcomings in our PHCs?

The effective delivery of healthcare has many dimensions. While the focus is largely on the patient who is receiving the care, the other integral part is the healthcare workers who deliver the care. They and other non-medical staff make up the whole gamut of Human Resources for Healthcare (HRH),  critical for an efficient health system. The […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Partnering for Accountability: Nothing About Us Without Us

Solving many of the challenges in health is a complex process and nobody can claim to have a silver bullet for any one problem. It requires gaining a good contextual understanding of a problem and those it affects, coming up with a possible solution, testing and implementing the solution and scaling up if it works. If […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Remind Me: A tech solution to improve immunisation coverage in Nigeria  

If you make your way along the busy Herbert Macaulay road in densely populated Yaba, Lagos State, you may hardly notice the building housing the Co-Creation Hub (CCHub). The building looks like any other you may find in this high density part of Lagos, however the building houses the hub that has raised the profile […]

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Infectious Disease Torchlight Series

The fight against Lassa fever: Will it prepare Nigeria for future epidemics?

It is not unusual to talk about challenges and at the same time seek out available opportunities. Speaking about opportunities presented by Lassa fever can be likened to the biblical saying, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Lassa fever is a disease that is endemic in Nigeria and has been a source of persistent outbreaks over […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Detect and Respond: How Edo State is responding to the Yellow Fever outbreak

The new Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) is alive with activity on a Monday morning in Benin City, capital of Edo State. The buzz in the room is comparable with the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre motor park that shares a fence with the Edo State Hospital Management Board, where the PHEOC is housed. Mrs. […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Let’s chat about sex: Tech platforms target FCT youth with sexual health info

Goodness** (name changed to maintain anonymity) is a young woman in south-eastern Nigeria living with a hearing disability. Unlike most of her friends who also live with impaired hearing, her family supported her education. While waiting to gain admission into the university, Goodness got pregnant. For her and other young Nigerian women in similar situations, […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Alapa: Why family planning is becoming a household name in Oyo State

The women who access family planning services at Okeolola Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in Oyo town, Oyo State have a local name for their preferred family planning method. It’s called “alapa” and refers to the implant family planning method. “Apa” translates to “arm” in Yoruba and because the implants are inserted in the arm, demand […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Can medical outreaches for maternal health bridge the access gap in the Federal Capital Territory?

It was a bright Saturday morning when a team of volunteers, made up of nurses and medical corps from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), set out on a mission to take reproductive health, antenatal, and family planning services to a rural community called Kaida-Sabo village, in Gwagwalada area council of the Federal Capital Territory […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Nutrition agents increase demand for CMAM services in Borno

No mother ever wants to face the tough choices many mothers in conflict zones, like Borno have to face on a daily basis. The struggle for survival, keeping a severely malnourished child alive, while at the same time struggling for their own survival, knowing that the treatment that will keep their child alive will also […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Will Nigeria’s STEPwise Survey change the narrative around NCDs?

Editor’s Note: Ahead of the 3rd UN High-level meeting on non-communicable diseases holding on September 27th in New York, Staff Writer Chibuike Alagboso highlights the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)  in Nigeria and analyses the government’s recent steps towards understanding the data with the aim of monitoring trends and encouraging surveillance and regular data collection for NCDs. It […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Identify and Report: How grassroots informants accelerated the end of polio in Niger state

The streets of Masaga district in the northern part of Bida local government area of Niger state were adorned with a colourful display of varying designs of outfits as both the young and elderly march to different destinations for marriage ceremonies. Fridays are usually for wedding ceremonies, explains Baba Buhari, the Disease Surveillance and Notification […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Can community organisations lead in taking sexual health education to rural areas?

As the nation’s seat of power, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is usually associated with splendour. This opinion about the city is often formed by the images of wide roads and beautiful structures in the city centre and Abuja’s plush neighbourhoods and from images on social media. But for some who live in Abuja and […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Crafting tailored training to improve healthcare leadership capacity: The LEAPS example

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Jim John Continuous capacity development is integral in healthcare service delivery and administration. But to be able to meet up with the continuously evolving and demanding expectations of the complex Nigerian healthcare system, healthcare professionals, policymakers and administrators must keep building their […]