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The Global Education Summit and the Nigerian Paradox

President Muhammadu Buhari and other global leaders gathered in London for a two-day Global Education Summit that aims to raise US$5 billion for education globally. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted school systems, resulting in school closures in 2020, with many schools turning to virtual learning where it was possible. A recent report found that in low […]

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COVID-19: Lessons from India and why Nigeria must not be complacent

In the last month, India has reported over 200,000 new cases of COVID-19 every single day. Hospitals are full and struggling to cope with the overwhelming demand for oxygen, crematoriums inundated, health workers are tired and families have been devastated. Many Indians in the diaspora feel helpless as they see family members struggling with the […]

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Ten lessons from Ogun State - from first COVID-19 case in Nigeria to building a resilient response

On the day marking one year since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Nigeria, this article reflects on the experience and lessons learnt from the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker as she led the response in Ogun State. What a difference a year makes. Three hundred and sixty days that changed our lives […]

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10 things you should know about COVID-19 vaccine candidates

(1) Why are vaccines important in the COVID-19 pandemic?The COVID-19 outbreak has evolved into a historic pandemic, bringing unprecedented disruption to global economies. In response to the outbreak, public health measures including handwashing with soap and water, physically distancing and wearing of face masks have been recommended to limit transmission. The pandemic has caused a […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

Fragile progress at the brink - COVID-19 and the Nigerian health sector

“Waves keep coming, that’s the one thing you can count on in life” — Gerry Lopez Following the easing of the lockdown restrictions, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect storm that runs the risk of worsening many of the already poor health indicators in Nigeria. From transport restrictions, to anxiety among health care […]

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Immunisation Thought Leadership Series

When Gavi came to visit Nigeria

A welcome visit from Gavi As 2019 wound down to its close and holiday plans were being made, arrangements were also being made for a high-level visit of Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and his team to Nigeria. This was a much-welcomed visit- as it comes after a dark period that saw […]

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Thought Leadership Series UHC

Destination Universal Health Coverage: Could PPPs be the vehicle to get us there?

The best stories of growth in Nigeria have been private sector driven – whether it is in telecommunications, financial services or in infrastructure. So, why have we not felt the impact of the private sector in the health sector, especially on the frontlines of primary health care (PHC)? Almost everyone in Nigeria has directly or […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Consensus from #NaijaMen4FP Forum: Men must take their place as family planning change agents for a healthier Nigeria

The first Health Watch Forum of 2018, organised by Nigeria Health Watch with the support of partners, brought together a dynamic group of speakers and delegates to look at the issue of family planning from all angles. From government to civil society, different ends of the religious spectrum, policymakers to advocates, faith leaders to development […]