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Can technology-based measurement transform the Nigerian Health Sector?

The Nigerian Banking Sector is almost unrecognizable compared to where it was just a few years ago. As a consumer, you can get cash from almost any ATM in Nigeria, transact business in any bank, pay for goods by mobile phone, and confirm transactions in seconds. You have access to statements 24/7, at least as […]

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Nigerian Doctors in the Americas meet in Orlando

Every year, Nigerian doctors meet all over the world in their organisations to find ways to inspire each other to engage more with Nigeria and support themselves in their various engagements. This year Chikwe Ihekweazu of Nigeria Health Watch attended the annual conference of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) which held in […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

Against all Odds, a small Miracle is taking place in Bauchi

The Nigeria Health Watch team recently visited Bauchi State. We had been invited by USAID’s Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP). The programme’s purpose is to “increase the use of health services and strengthen health systems to be more responsive to the basic health needs of households in Bauchi and Sokoto States.” We went to […]

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As Liberia is declared Ebola free, can Nigeria do more to support its Neighbours?

As the Ebola outbreak is declared over, Chikwe Ihekweazu reflects on the two months that he spent supporting the outbreak response in Liberia and his hopes for a bright future of regional cooperation in West Africa. Thankfully, Liberia is on its way back. The Ebola outbreak has been declared over, and life is returning to […]

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Who remembers the Presidential Summit on Universal Healthcare?

A little over  a year ago, on the 7th of March 2014, top level officials in the Nigerian health sector were called together to attend what was called a “Presidential Summit on Universal Healthcare”.  During the summit, we listened to several speeches and powerpoint presentations of wishes, hopes and aspirations on the concept of “universal […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Something to be proud of: Nigeria’s Role in the AU Response to the Ebola Outbreak

By  Chikwe Ihekweazu There is increasing optimism that we will get to the end of the Ebola epidemic that has so badly affected Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea over the past year. In the first week of April, the lowest number of cases (30) were reported since May 2014. While there may still be some […]

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Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

Lessons from Brazil

The blog below are reflections from a learning tour of key health institutions in Brazil with the TEDxChange Pilot Programme supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In Nigeria, the National Health Bill has been ten years in the making and is currently with Mr President for signing. While the bill still contains some contentious […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Mass Hysteria in the West and the real Problem next Door

This blog was inspired by a conversation with my friend and colleague Dr Kelechi Ohiri while we watched some of the media coverage of the Ebola outbreak on cable news channels, while acutely aware of our own reality in “West Africa”. We recently heard the story of some Korean businessmen cancelling their trip to Nairobi […]

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Africa Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

The largest medical Exhibition in West Africa, to hold in Lagos Oct 15 – 17

Next month, another edition of Medic West Africa will hold in Lagos. This event has grown to become the largest medical exhibition in West Africa, incorporating courses and conferences for medical professionals in Nigeria and beyond. Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health of Lagos State, calls it “the key platform for sharing knowledge and information” […]

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MDGs: “Every Day counts, every Action counts, every Life counts”

We recently attended the “2014 Partners’ Forum” in Johannesburg, South Africa, together with about a thousand other colleagues from the public and private sectors who are working on maternal and child health, nutrition, education, gender and development. Our agenda was to discuss progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and generally take stock of progress […]

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Seven out of ten Nigerians not confident in Capacity of their local Hospitals to manage Ebola

We will be surprised if there is a Nigerian out there that has not yet heard about the Ebola virus. It’s on Radio, TV, Facebook, Twitter. There are jokes, rumours of cures and miracles and, sadly, a few real deaths. Our government has responded by providing daily updates. State governments all over the country are […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Five inconvenient Truths that the Ebola Outbreak has revealed

  As at the 18th of August 2014, there are 11 confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria and 4 deaths. About 190 contacts of cases are still under surveillance. A new isolation ward with a 40-bed capacity is now functional at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba. Things are not looking too bad. It is too early to […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Ebola in Nigeria: should we be worried?

Prologue We are putting up this post as a result of increasing demand for information on this disease. As of today, the 7th of August 2014 there have been 9 cases (2 probable, 7 suspect) on Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria and 2 deaths. All nine cases have been known primary contacts of the index […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

An island of hope: Visiting the Obio Community Health Insurance Scheme

There have been many calls for universal health coverage recently. Nigeria is one of the signatories to the universal health coverage plan which states that citizens must be able to access health facilities without payment at the point of getting that service. One of the models through which this can be delivered is community health […]