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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Heroes in Health

A hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her brave deeds and noble qualities. A health system is incomplete without the people who toil daily to provide care and ensure reduction in illnesses and deaths. We call them health workers, and they are the single most important component of any health […]

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Africa Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

MDGs: “Every Day counts, every Action counts, every Life counts”

We recently attended the “2014 Partners’ Forum” in Johannesburg, South Africa, together with about a thousand other colleagues from the public and private sectors who are working on maternal and child health, nutrition, education, gender and development. Our agenda was to discuss progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and generally take stock of progress […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Seven out of ten Nigerians not confident in Capacity of their local Hospitals to manage Ebola

We will be surprised if there is a Nigerian out there that has not yet heard about the Ebola virus. It’s on Radio, TV, Facebook, Twitter. There are jokes, rumours of cures and miracles and, sadly, a few real deaths. Our government has responded by providing daily updates. State governments all over the country are […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Five inconvenient Truths that the Ebola Outbreak has revealed

  As at the 18th of August 2014, there are 11 confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria and 4 deaths. About 190 contacts of cases are still under surveillance. A new isolation ward with a 40-bed capacity is now functional at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba. Things are not looking too bad. It is too early to […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Hospitals at the Frontline of the Ebola Response

Hospitals have been at the heart of the spread of the Ebola virus from the first outbreak ever reported; but they are also at the heart of successful responses. A few days ago the Director of the CDC in the US said that the chances of the Ebola Virus spreading the US were virtually “zero”, […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

An island of hope: Visiting the Obio Community Health Insurance Scheme

There have been many calls for universal health coverage recently. Nigeria is one of the signatories to the universal health coverage plan which states that citizens must be able to access health facilities without payment at the point of getting that service. One of the models through which this can be delivered is community health […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

Do medical missions really help? We joined Pro Health International on one to find out.

Medical missions have grown in relevance in Nigeria over the past 20 years. This is largely as a consequence of the failure of the health system to serve the poor. In the conventional sense, medical missions usually involve a group of physicians and other health workers travelling to a foreign country for the purpose of […]