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Nigeria Health Watch Partners with Meedan to counter Misinformation on COVID-19 in Nigeria

23 June, 2020 | Abuja – Nigeria Health Watch Partners with Meedan to counter Misinformation on COVID-19 in Nigeria Concerned by the rapid spread of misinformation around COVID-19, Nigeria Health Watch and Meedan have partnered to counter misinformation around COVID-19 and other public health challenges. The spread of misinformation during disease outbreaks is a global […]

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Covid19 Torchlight Series

Bridging the communications divide: Fighting COVID-19 misinformation using local languages

By Abdullahi Tsanni (Lead Writer) When the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID — 19 a global pandemic on 11 March, 2020, Dr. Mohammed Auwal Ibrahim, a Nigerian scientist, was in his lab at the National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan. His relatives in Kano — at the time, the state with the second-highest number […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

#MyCOVID19NaijaStory: Honouring our unsung COVID-19 heroes

By Adebola Olayinka (Guest Writer) Recently, sitting at one of the workstations at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), I was reviewing a document on my laptop and overheard someone exclaim, “Oh yes, you are still in isolation! I forgot”. This was from a staff who works with the data team. He was having […]

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The First 90 Days: How has Nigeria Responded to the COVID-19 Outbreak? #COVID19NaijaResponse

The first 90 days: How has Nigeria responded to the COVID-19 outbreak? #COVID19NaijaResponse – Chibuike Alagboso and Bashar Abubakar (Lead Writers) Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case, an Italian national on February 27, 2020. The virus, which originated from Wuhan in China at the end of 2019, has infected over six million people and led […]

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#PreventEpidemicsNaija - Funding the COVID-19 Response in Nigeria

Beti Baiye & Dara Ajala Damisa (Lead Writers) When Nigeria Health Watch’s #PreventEpidemicsNaija project launched in October 2018 and started advocating for better funding for epidemic preparedness in Nigeria, sceptics may have thought that it was akin to the case of the boy who cried wolf. With the various pressing health needs Nigeria faces, it […]

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#MyCOVID19NaijaStory: The day I was proud to be a frontline health worker -  Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi

Editor’s Note: Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi came back to Nigeria in 2015 after completing her MSc in Public Health. She started practicing in 2016. Just over a year ago, she began her residency in Community Medicine at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu, Ogun State. When the COVID-19 outbreak came to Nigeria, Ogun State […]

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When Time Stands Still: Responding to Nigeria’s COVID-19 Outbreak

Editor’s Note: Dr. Ibrahim Mamadu has been part of World Health Organisation (WHO) Nigeria’s team supporting the country’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria in several states, including Ogun, Katsina, and most recently, in Kano. In this Thought Leadership piece he documents his insights into the response and outlines lessons learned from […]

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African leaders call for immediate action to save additional lives from malaria in the face of COVID-19

11 May 2020 – In response to mounting concerns around the impact of COVID-19 on malaria elimination efforts across the African continent, the African members of the End Malaria Council have released a joint statement and a four-pronged action plan calling on African and global leaders to act quickly to: protect the decades of gains against malaria; boost […]

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#Innovate4COVID19: How 3 organisations are fighting the novel Coronavirus in Africa

By Adaobi Ezeokoli & Thelma Thomas (Lead Writers) Every year since 2015, Nigeria Health Watch has organised the Future of Health Conference, our flagship event, to focus conversation and curate insights, evidence and a framework for action on critical topical health sector issues. With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting not just the health sector, but social, […]

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New Report Provides African Governments Real-Time Information and Guidance to Find the Balance in COVID-19 Response

Real-time data from 20 African countries drives prevention guidelines to save lives 5 May 2020 (New York) – Member states across Africa responded quickly to COVID-19 with public health and social measures (PHSM), including curfews and lockdowns, as well as training in laboratory diagnostics, surveillance, risk communication, infection prevention and control, and case management conducted […]

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A case for PHCs in the fight against COVID19

Since the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, Nigeria like most countries across the world has been battling to contain the disease. The Federal Government restricted flights from high risk countries into the nation’s airports and later followed with total closure. Total lockdowns were imposed by the Federal Government on […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown And Guidance Note To Companies That Donate Or Market Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) For Infants

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), pursuant to provisions of the NAFDAC Act, CAP N1 LFN 2004 and the MARKETING (BREAST-MILK SUBSTITUTES) ACT CAP M.5 LFN 2004 and the BMS regulations, in keeping with the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) wishes to provide the following clarifications […]

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Covid19 Infectious Disease Thought Leadership Series

COVID-19 Response in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Hybrid Approach is Needed - OpEd

The 2014 Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa wreaked havoc on a number of already fragile states — Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the peak, people were lying dead in the streets and in their homes. It felt like the end of the world. No country wants a repeat of that […]

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The call for safe practices during Ramadan: COVID-19 Nigeria

Editor’s Note: The month of Ramadan begins on the 24th April, 2020, and it is a festival of community, family, and corporate prayers. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, government agencies have called for restrictions on movement and social distancing. This week’s Thought Leadership Piece comes from journalist Misbahu L. Hamza, writing from Kano, which […]