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Back to Durban, for the International Conference on AIDS

I have profound memories of the 13th International AIDS Conference that was held in Durban, South Africa, in July 2000. I was privileged to be part of 12,000 people from all over the world who attended, including scientists, clinicians, healthcare workers, public health agencies, people living with HIV/AIDS, and at least 100 from Nigeria. For […]

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Making our Voices Count: Active Citizenship for Health

We can see from other sectors in Nigeria, how active citizenship is driving change. From the elections, to the increased responsiveness of government in various sectors, Nigerians are finding their voices and using it. Most sectors are recognising this, even the Nigerian Police Force has recently set up a Complaint Response Unit. So, why is […]

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On World Tuberculosis Day – Reflections on a Forgotten Epidemic

March 24 is World TB Day, yet for most people that have the privilege of reading this piece, tuberculosis is an abstract term. But, why would a disease that infects about half a million Nigerians every year, and kills about 170,000 annually attract so little attention from the government, the health professions and from the people? […]

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Nigerian health policy makers gather in Sokoto for the 58th National Council on Health

Once every year, the Ministers of Health, leaders of all the health parastatals, and the commissioners of health and their teams gather to agree and harmonise health policy for the Federal Republic. It is the highest policy making body in the health sector for the country. So between the 7th and 11th of March 2016, […]

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Memiliki Agen Bandarqq Online Popular Indonesia

Dapatkan Agen Bandarqq Online Terbesar Indonesia! Bandarqq menjadi sebuah permainan yang selalu menjadi pembahasan mengagumkan. Selain karena mudah & sangat simpel, permainan bandarqq juga memberikan keuntungan diperlukan. Berbeda dengan permainan-permainan masing-masing judian online lain. Pada hidangan game bandarqq on line itu, seorang bettor bukan perlu berurusan pada kartu-kartu ataupun angka-angka luar biasa yang terkuak akan […]

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Time for courage: Nigeria’s health security and the National Centre for Disease Control

Nigeria defeated Ebola! That was the single story. No one asked about how the N1.9B released for the response was used. What institutional capacity had been built? No one asked how to integrate the National Polio Emergency Operation Centre that took a lot of the credit for the Ebola response into a national emergency centre […]

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Lack of trust in health sector: the underlying cause of the large Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria

Strange deaths in a community in Niger State in 2015 left the community confused, this was followed by a period of uncertainty and anxiety, and they reached out to the only rational explanation they could imagine – the supernatural. By the time the public health authorities were informed and a diagnosis of Lassa Fever was […]

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Professor Eyitayo Lambo’s ‘Tour de Force’ and Call to Action

On December 9th 2015, we gathered in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, for the first Public Service Lecture of the Nigerian Primary Health Care Development Agency.  Despite starting three hours behind schedule, we waited. There were two primary reasons for this patience: firstly Professor Eyitayo Lambo belongs to an extremely small group of leaders in the […]

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HIV elimination goals and the reality of living with HIV in Nigeria

Today is World AIDS day 2015. All over the media in Nigeria, there have been reports on the new goal of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) to “eliminate” AIDS in Nigeria by 2030. As there is no cure for AIDS, only treatment, the goal that NACA actually set was to reduce […]

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Before the SDGs, how did Nigeria really do with the MDGs?

In August 2015, reports emerged in the Nigerian press that “Nigeria had attained the Millennium Development Goals”.  The article below quoted the Secretary of Programmes in the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Mr. Ogenyi Ochapa, verbatim, with no critical commentary on the validity of his statement, which boldly declared: […]

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One year later, 5 most important lessons from the Nigerian Ebola response

On October 20 2014, almost exactly one year ago, the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free, 42 days after the last known case had occurred. At the time the world was in the grip of one of the largest and most terrifying public health disasters in generations. While not completely over, there are signs […]

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Health Watch Forum opens with a celebration of Nigerian heroes

In September 2014, the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone was getting worse by the day.  Nigeria had managed to successfully control an outbreak at home, but the rest of the continent was on edge and anxiety was sky high, especially following the few cases that had occurred in the West. Some projections […]

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What you need to know about the Yobe eye drops Story

This is a follow up story to the public service announcement concerning the misuse of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% solution packaged as eye drops in Yobe State, Northern Nigeria. A chilling weekend email On Sunday we sent out an urgent public service announcement on the misuse of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% solution (CHX). The solution, which is […]

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Three reasons Strikes will continue in Nigeria’s Health Sector

No part of public service in Nigeria has experienced more strikes than the health sector. Right now, public tertiary hospitals in Nigeria are struggling to get back to life after another series of strikes. The University College Hospital, Ibadan, was crippled for 108 days by a strike called by the Association of Resident Doctors. At […]