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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Do APC and PDP care about the Health of Nigerians?

As we approach the new date for the presidential elections, we decided to use the additional time provided by the postponement to scrutinize the two leading party manifestoes on health in a bit more detail. While there are other parties also in the race, we have chosen for convenience to focus on the manifestoes of […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

A new Regional Director, Matshidiso Moeti, brings Hope to the World Health Organisation in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently appointed Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as the new Regional Director for WHO’s Africa Region (WHO AFRO) succeeding Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, who had served as Regional Director for the last 10 years. She is being thrown right in at the deep end with an ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Hajia Fatima Muhammad – Working to improve the Lives of Women in Northern Nigeria

Nigeria has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world with 560 women dying for every 100,000 live births. Although there has been an improvement in the past decade, it still remains unacceptably high. The North East geopolitical zone has the highest maternal mortality rate of 1,549/100,000 live births, compared to 165/100,000 live […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

What Changes will the new National Health Act bring?

Last week, in anticipation of the now postponed Nigerian presidential elections on February 14th, we organized a 3 hour tweetathon, focusing on health, which has sadly been neglected in the current election campaigns. Together with partner organizations, using the hashtag #Feb14Health, we discussed some of the issues that we would like to see addressed by […]

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Putting Health on the Agenda of the Nigerian Elections: a Call to Action

It’s election season in Nigeria, and the volume of the debates online and offline are reaching a deafening pitch. Interestingly the focus of most of the campaigns and debates are not on the issues that will affect the future of our country. In 2015 – this is not good enough for a country with Nigeria’s […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Déjà vu – Claims of HIV Cures and re-treading old Ground

By Ike Anya A few days ago while in Abuja, I was surprised to hear the news presenter announce that a Federal High Court had “lifted the ban” on Dr Abalaka’s “vaccine” against HIV. The presenter went on to say that, although the vaccine had been approved by influential international bodies more than a decade […]

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Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), the six-year Journey from Ibadan to Lokoja

By Chizoba Wonodi Nigeria launched the introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) into its childhood immunization schedule in Lokoja, on December 22nd 2014. PCV prevents one of the deadliest bacterial causes of pneumonia, meningitis, blood infections and middle ear infections in children. Before now, only parents with the means could afford to vaccinate their […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

How strikes are killing the Public Healthcare Sector and why it may be difficult to reclaim

An interesting scenario played out in 2014. After a strike that lasted about two months, all resident doctors in Nigeria were sacked; the strike was then called off and the doctors were re-instated. This strike by doctors, across public sector hospitals in Nigeria continued for over two months despite the ongoing Ebola outbreak at the […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Politics, the new National Health Act and Local Government Areas

The next few months will be filled with politics in Nigeria. At Nigeria Health Watch, we will focus on keeping health on the political agenda, enabling you, the voter, to ask the right questions on the issues that matter to you. Health and healthcare matters to all of us, and together we must ask our […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Person of the Year

We rarely have much to celebrate in the health sector, and broadly this is still the case. The fundamental reform that the sector requires to meet the health needs of the Nigerian people is yet to happen. It requires political courage, not something this government has demonstrated much of. However for the first time in […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

The Neglected

In continuation of our series of visits aimed at bringing some of the interesting healthcare interventions in Nigeria to the public, Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor and Adaobi Ezeokoli of the EpiAFRIC team recently joined The Leprosy Mission Nigeria (TLMN) during their visit to the Leprosy Referral Hospital, Chanchaga, and Community in Kampani, Minna, Chanchaga LGA, Niger […]

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On World AIDS Day, we remember our Brother OMOLOLU FALOBI

It was World AIDS Day yesterday. We debated about writing a piece about the size of the epidemic, which at over 3 million cases in Nigeria is the second largest on the continent. Also there are over 500,000 on treatment, almost all donor-funded. We considered writing about the tragic situation of continued mother to child […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Mass Hysteria in the West and the real Problem next Door

This blog was inspired by a conversation with my friend and colleague Dr Kelechi Ohiri while we watched some of the media coverage of the Ebola outbreak on cable news channels, while acutely aware of our own reality in “West Africa”. We recently heard the story of some Korean businessmen cancelling their trip to Nairobi […]

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The largest medical Exhibition in West Africa, to hold in Lagos Oct 15 – 17

Next month, another edition of Medic West Africa will hold in Lagos. This event has grown to become the largest medical exhibition in West Africa, incorporating courses and conferences for medical professionals in Nigeria and beyond. Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health of Lagos State, calls it “the key platform for sharing knowledge and information” […]