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‘A Beautiful Mind – Opening up about Mental Health’ at Social Media Week Lagos

On February 26, 2016, Nigeria Health Watch will partner with Asktoks.com at a Masterclass during this year’s Social Media Week Lagos, to provoke rigorous discussion on the challenges in mental health attitudes and services in Nigeria. Over 64 million Nigerians suffer from some form of mental illness. In a world increasingly infiltrated with increased levels of negative stress, […]

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MTV Shuga: Fusing HIV messaging with entertainment to help fight AIDS to the finish

When I was growing up, asking questions about anything sex related was not exactly encouraged. Those conversations were left whispered amongst giggling seniors at boarding school dormitories, where the more ‘aware’ girls weaved tales for the wide-eyed naive ones. Our parents did not even want to hear the word. Given that reality, the thought of asking […]

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Dear President Buhari, honour the 2001 Abuja declaration and deliver a genuinely Pro-Poor 2016 Budget

Editor: On the 19th of December 2015, we at Nigeria Health Watch joined the ONE Campaign and 24 other Non-Governmental Organisations in writing a letter to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on health and the associated budget currently going through the legislature. The letter was delivered to the Presidency, the leadership of the Senate […]

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Nigeria Health Watch: Our Continuing Promise in 2016

For each day that we have been on this journey, to put health front and centre of the political agenda in Nigeria, we have done so with a great sense of responsibility to the people that we serve – the Nigerian people. It is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously and one to which […]

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Professor Eyitayo Lambo’s ‘Tour de Force’ and Call to Action

On December 9th 2015, we gathered in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, for the first Public Service Lecture of the Nigerian Primary Health Care Development Agency.  Despite starting three hours behind schedule, we waited. There were two primary reasons for this patience: firstly Professor Eyitayo Lambo belongs to an extremely small group of leaders in the […]

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An assignment of Hope: An insight into living with disabilities in Nigeria

By Ebele Vivien Okoli Editor: The 3rd of December was World Disability Day. Ebele Vivien Okoli, a Resident Doctor specialising in Community Medicine at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu, who has a deep interest in these issues sent in this powerful piece. Read, reflect and do what you can….but whatever you do, don’t […]

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#SaveMirabel: Lagos’ only Rape and Sexual Assault Referral Centre fighting to keep its doors open

The only comprehensive rape and sexual assault referral centre in Lagos, the Mirabel Centre, is facing the potential of its doors closing next year, as project funding from DFID comes to an end. Today, Dec. 8, the Centre will hold a “Friends of Mirabel” Dinner in Victoria Island, Lagos, as it fights to survive… so […]

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Time to engage with mental health care in Nigeria

Enyi Anosike is a Public Mental Health professional, and a trustee of the Public Health Foundation of Nigeria. He writes this special piece on mental health in Nigeria on behalf of the Foundation. Nneka is known to everyone in the neighbourhood, but is hardly seen. Her family keeps her well hidden from the public, uncertain […]

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HIV elimination goals and the reality of living with HIV in Nigeria

Today is World AIDS day 2015. All over the media in Nigeria, there have been reports on the new goal of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) to “eliminate” AIDS in Nigeria by 2030. As there is no cure for AIDS, only treatment, the goal that NACA actually set was to reduce […]

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Balancing access and excess in the fight against antibiotic resistance in Nigeria

Resistance to antibiotics is a growing global problem. It is particularly acute in Nigeria because of our extensive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics. Probably because of all the other public health challenges that we face, barely any attention has been given to antibiotic stewardship and it is hardly recognised as a public health need. We […]

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Before the SDGs, how did Nigeria really do with the MDGs?

In August 2015, reports emerged in the Nigerian press that “Nigeria had attained the Millennium Development Goals”.  The article below quoted the Secretary of Programmes in the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Mr. Ogenyi Ochapa, verbatim, with no critical commentary on the validity of his statement, which boldly declared: […]

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Cancer treatment in Nigeria – time for a paradigm shift?

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may have noticed the pink fests in many Nigerian cities. Yet, beyond all the pink is deep anxiety, that if one does get cancer in Nigeria, your chances are indeed very bleak. With all the pink in town, we saw or heard very little in terms of concrete steps […]

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Time for a comprehensive strategy on stroke service delivery in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: On October 29 the World will mark Stroke Day. Strokes are one of the highest causes of death in Sub-Saharan Africa. This week’s guest contributor reflects on the harrowing experience many families go through when one person suffers a stroke in Nigeria. He highlights the urgent need for better stroke care in Nigeria […]

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One year later, 5 most important lessons from the Nigerian Ebola response

On October 20 2014, almost exactly one year ago, the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free, 42 days after the last known case had occurred. At the time the world was in the grip of one of the largest and most terrifying public health disasters in generations. While not completely over, there are signs […]