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As elections draw close – where are Nigerian CSOs in advocacy and policy?

We have offered our Tuesday blog this week to Florida Uzoaru, an independent public health consultant. She reflects on some tough questions about the advocacy role of civil society in the health space. A little over a fortnight ago, I was invited to participate in a meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) working on governance in Nigeria. It […]

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Ignore your heart, at your own risk

This blog post is the result of the first of a series of joint polls by the NOIPolls team and the EpiAFRIC team. NOI Polls is the premier country-specific polling service in the West African region. The I-narrator is Dr. Ike Anya. A full report is available as PDF. I was at work in London, that afternoon, in […]

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A tangled web: the complicated ethics of medical referrals from Nigeria to India

This thought-provoking piece was contributed by Ifeanyi Nsofor who has just joined the NHW team. Pls share it with every one you know….its worth thinking about before you need to think about it.  Please share your perspective on the comments section or by tweeting us @nighealthwatch  Our beautiful daughter was born in August 2009 and weighed 3.4kg. […]

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Health events worth attending: 2nd Clinical Trial Summit in Nigeria

The Association for Good Clinical Practice in Nigeria (AGCPN) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Association Control (NAFDAC) invite you to the 2nd Clinical Trial Summit holding 26-29 May 2014 in Lagos.  If you want to learn how to start clinical trials, how your facility can become a clinical trial site, how to write […]

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Rumors of Ebola in Nigeria: the blind leading the blind?

The piece below was contributed by Anja Choon, who is joining the Nigeria Health Watch Team. The Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa is currently (i.e. in March and April of 2014) in the news. The information one gets in Nigeria is however worryingly little and vague, sometimes simply false. As early as 22 […]

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On yellow fever, yellow cards, Nigeria and South Africa

The recent refusal of entry and deportation of about 125 Nigerians who had arrived Johannesburg, South Africa aboard ARIK Airlines from Nigeria on Friday has caused a lot of comment in Nigerian news and social media circles. According to most of the accounts, the Nigerians were refused entry into the country because the South African Port […]

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GMC withdrawal of recognition from some Nigerian medical schools: a lesson in poor information management

The General Medical Council in the United Kingdom recently posted on its website a list of medical schools whose primary medical qualifications were no longer accepted for registration or licencing. Graduates from these schools from certain dates were advised that they were not to apply for the PLAB examinations which are the main route for […]

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Wikileaks' latest leaks focus on Pfizer- Nigeria lawsuit

The Wikileaks cable leaks continue and today, makes allegations on Pfizer’s attempts to influence a settlement on the clinical trials lawsuit filed against it by Nigeria Read all about it here Hmmm… we had earlier blogged about the Pfizer lawsuit here, here and here http://www.nigeriahealthwatch.com/ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people […]

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Osotimehin-former Nigerian health minister to head UNFPA

Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, predecessor of the current Nigerian health minister has been appointed to head the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the agency announced recently. Professor Osotimehin was serving as provost of the College of Medicine until his new appointment. He takes over from Dr Thoraya Obaid, a Saudi Arabian anthropologist whose tenure comes to […]

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Every human life has equal value?

I am sitting in my friend’s living room in Lagos in mid-October. Her boisterous young sons occasionally tear themselves away from the cartoons they are watching on television to interrupt our conversation. She is telling me about her latest shift in the Children Emergency Room at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, where she works as […]

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Voter Registration vs Immunization cards: Missed opportunities in Nigeria

by ndubuisi edeogaWe are all still lamenting the use of our money for frivolous independence celebrations. Now we are stuck with the bill for the voter’s registration touted to be the “MOST EXPENSIVE” in the world, see here. Compare the cost of voter registration in India,one of the so-called emerging economies. According to a publication […]

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Radio, bucket, and a bicycle – improving healthcare provision in Nigeria

by ndubuisi edeogaI have been reading through Sonia Shah’s book “The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years”. She discussed a survey that was designed to collect data about the use of insecticide impregnated nets, and about what most people would want if given the choice in a rural setting (one of their […]

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Social networks and health….are we missing a trick?.

by ndubuisi edeogaDespite all the best efforts of modern medicine, the cost of medical care keeps rising, for those who can afford it, and the quality of care keeps falling for those who cannot. What a paradox.One simple fix to this rising cost is to improve our efforts at preventive care….Or NOT so simple! The […]