Polio Torchlight Series

Getting to 100 percent: Enugu’s fight to maintain its polio free status

Veronica Asogwa is a petty trader in Abakpa Nike, one of the largest suburbs in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria. When the state announced the commencement of the sub-national polio vaccination campaign on January 17, 2020, Asogwa, 37, prepared to take her two-year-old son, Emeka, to a vaccination centre a few kilometres from where she lives […]

MNCH Torchlight Series

A Dual Approach: Tackling Maternal deaths in Southern Nigeria using technology and birth kits

When Abiodun Adereni founded HelpMum two years ago, his dream was to provide basic health information to pregnant women and to help tackle maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria. Now, faced with the harsh reality of decreasing maternal and child mortality in the country, Adereni feels much more work needs to be done to achieve […]

Nutrition Torchlight Series

NGOs join hands to tackle malnutrition in Benue’s IDP camps

The morning sun is rising at Abagana Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Benue state. Eunice Gabriel sits outside a classroom hall, peeling cassava with her neighbours. Each one she peels is dropped inside a container, to be processed. “Sometimes the government feeds us, other times, people come to donate food,” Gabriel, 38, said. “But right […]