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Rise Up and Walk: How one charity is bringing orthopaedic care to Nigerians

Editor’s Note: Nigeria Health Watch team member Ada Ezeokoli took a trip to South-East Nigeria to learn about the Foundation behind a week-long medical mission that brings doctors into Nigeria to perform hip and knee replacement surgeries completely free of charge, with funds raised through charity. Philanthropy in healthcare is a growing movement in Nigeria, […]

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From health advocacy to health activism – The Business of Health Conference 2017

If you came to last Friday’s Future of Health Conference wondering what “business” and “healthcare” have in common, you are certainly in good company. The aim of the conference was to highlight that health practitioners and other stakeholders delivering health services need to look at the ecosystem around health and there is a need to […]

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“I was increasingly disillusioned” – One Nigerian doctor’s reflections on emigration.

Editor’s Note:  This week’s Thought Leadership on Health Piece comes from Nigeria Health Watch Curator, Dr. Ike Anya. Last week’s article about the NOI Polls Survey on doctors emigrating out of the country stirred up a robust debate around the issues facing doctors in Nigeria. Read the piece here. Dr. Anya responds to the conversation with […]

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Greener Pastures: Why Nigerian doctors are taking their expertise out of the Nigerian health sector

Dr. Rukayat Salami left Nigeria after her housemanship at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital to pursue a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. “I decided to leave Nigeria whilst I was doing my house job right after medical school,” she said. “I was trying to find an escape […]

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A mighty Iroko in the Nigerian health sector has fallen: A tribute to the late Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

“I shall not mourn you! Not at all. You were a blessing. Your footprints are large but your humanity much larger. First, I shall thank you for all you have done, not only for me but for so many others. Then I shall celebrate you for what is left of my life and work. A […]

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New WHO DG: An African success story in leadership and accountability

If we learnt anything from the recently concluded Health Watch Forum 2017, it is that the leadership of an organization matters as much as the organization itself. This is why the change in leadership of an organization as critical to global health as the World Health Organisation (WHO) is worth our full attention. The WHO […]

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Evaluating the impact of health programmes in Nigeria to build evidence for policy

Health policy is almost always driven by conventional wisdom. This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Emily Elizabeth Crawford, the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) Nigeria Field Coordinator, who writes about how the use of impact evaluations can help develop better evidence for decision makers in the health sector using examples from evaluations conducted […]

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A tribute to a great Epidemiologist and a great friend of Africa

Editor’s note: Chikwe Ihekweazu was Curator of Nigeria Health Watch until he was appointed as Chief Executive of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, a role that obviously made it impossible for him to continue directing the editorial content of NHW. However, when he sent in this piece, although not directly related to health in […]

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Can the ASLM Conference reinvigorate Laboratory Medicine in Nigeria?

Iruka Okeke is at the University of Ibadan. She writes this week about the progress made in the world of laboratory medicine in the last five years as portrayed in this year’s African Society for Laboratory Medicine Conference, and what Nigeria still needs to do if it will catch up with the rest of the […]

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How many Nigerians are living with HIV?

This has been an increasingly controversial question recently. Understanding the burden of HIV in Nigeria is more important now than ever before, because, aside from Nigeria having the second largest population of people living with HIV, and only being able to find about 750,000 people to put on treatment, we are also the subject of […]

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Extraordinary Humans – The Hospitals For Humanity Team visits Abuja

Reading Nigerian newspapers, or browsing the plethora of social media platforms, it is easy to think that the country is doomed. On some days, this feels especially so in the health sector. There seems to be no end to the list of things that are not working for Nigerians when it comes to their health. […]

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Five takeaways of the 69th World Health Assembly from a Nigerian Perspective

The 69th World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization held between the 23rd and 28th of May in Geneva. It had a very heavy agenda and is reported to have had its largest attendance ever. We may have contributed to this, given it was our first WHA. High on the agenda was WHO reform, […]

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The Global Fund, Governance and the Shame of a Country

Gloria is a vibrant young lady who is “living positively” with HIV. She featured on our #OpenMoH radio show five months ago and shared with us the difficulties faced by people living with HIV (PLHIV) in accessing their life-saving antiretrovirals (ARVs). At that point there was a drug stock-out at most health facilities where PLHIVs […]

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Special Edition: Conference brings attention to Tuberculosis in Nigeria

In the week that a major announcement was made by WHO shortening the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, the scientific community is coming together with health care workers and public health practitioners to share knowledge on one of the major public health challenges of our time: Tuberculosis. Nigeria has more tuberculosis cases than any country in Africa, […]