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Blogging Nigeria's Health Scene

Why start a blog about health and health care in Nigera, who has time to read them…and really who cares?

Questions we asked ourselves.
Ike Anya and I have frequently commented on health issues relating to Nigeria in various conventional media as here, here and here. Just before the last elections, with our colleagues in the Nigerian Public Health Network, we tried to stir national debate on health issues. We collect and put up news articles relating to health on the website of the network. But the urge to be more proactive and bring these issues to the attention of most people in real time became most glaring when we attended an awesome conference in Arusha, Tanzania; TEDGlobal. If you have some time, listen to some of the talks on the web, time very well spent.
Our time is now! It is time to do a bit more, and demand a bit more. The Nigeria health sector is currently struggling out of the doldrums that it has found itself in. The problems are multifaceted and seem unsumountable. But we thought the same about other sectors and see what is happening now!
Why is it no longer acceptable to take a sleeping mat to the bank, but still okay to take a mattress to the hospital out-patient-department? With the growth in the profit driven sectors of the Nigerian economy as seen in the financial, communication sectors, one major challenge facing the country is how the health, education and other public sector domains will keep up and strive. Yet, non of the growth in the other sectors is sustainable without attention paid to education and health.
So, using this blog, we will draw attention to the things that matter, relating to health in Nigeria. Coming from a public health backround, will will attempt to give a population perspective, ask the difficult questions and seek pragmatic solutions.
We look forward to your support, comments and criticism!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

By Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

5 replies on “Blogging Nigeria's Health Scene”

This is great news, guys – a set of issues that really need attention and which we hear very little about in online and offline media. Best of luck with the new project – I predict your fellow African and Afrophile bloggers will point a lot of people to your new project.

bravo :)I will definitly spread this. I’ve aready added your blog on my Tedglobal blogroll list 🙂 you are very welcome and don’t hesitate to ask for any support in whatever small way we can 😉 as Mulumba (another ted fellow from Zambia) said:

“All that’s needed is a positive – we can do this attitude 😉 “

Nice job chikwe and Ike……the nigerian health situation is going on a downward spiral, like our people usually say” if the deer runs without stopping the hunter will shoot without aiming”…but in this case I will say you guys are shooting and aiming. I strongly believe that change will surely come and in our generation

Trying to figure out how we can help get timely information to Nigerians on health issues that affect them in an effective manner that reaches the hard to reach rural and urban dwellers.

Our medium, KekeAds, has far reaching implications as a tool for public health education. Using audio and visual systems, we have been able to create an impact for the UNDP voter education efforts and this could easily be replicated for health.

Visit us on facebook and other social media channels using the handle #KekeAds to find out more.

Two persons’ passion has turned into a wildfire. It shows us how much we can achieve if we let go of talk and work. As faith without works is dead, so is talk without action.

Well done.

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