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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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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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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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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 […]

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From Onitsha to Silicon Valley: Teen girls’ app may save Nigerians from fake drugs

Save a Soul, a team of five students from the Regina Pacis Secondary School Onitsha in Anambra State, won a place in this year’s global finals of the Technovation Challenge in Silicon Valley, California, USA. The Technovation program mentors young girls around the globe on how to use technology to solve problems in their communities. […]

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Before the first impact: How your little actions can save lives on Nigerian roads

On Monday, February 10, 2014, Mr. Celestine Chima kissed his two children, seven-year-old Goodluck and five-year-old Goodness goodbye and stepped out of his residence in Owerri, the Imo state capital. Celestine was certain about two things; his destination, a small densely populated town called Nekede, approximately 20 minutes’ drive from his house and his mission […]

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Traditional Birth Attendants: Friend or foe?

The young mothers in the community fondly call her “Aunty Dada” Her first attempt at helping a woman deliver a baby was in a forest while escaping from insurgents. She had already seen several pregnant women die in childbirth in the forest and so at that point, she felt she had only two options. She […]

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Can Art Heal? How a Lagos creative group is using Art as therapy

Entering the Paediatric Oncology ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Yaba, where children are treated for cancer, you would naturally expect a solemn environment. That was not the case if you had visited on the 1st of March 2018. The atmosphere was practically festive, the ward, colorful, lively and far from unnerving, unlike […]