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Our bleeding wound: Are Nigeria’s doctors justified for leaving? OpEd

Editor’s Note: A U.S news politics report that recently trended online showed how Nigerian immigrants have carved a niche in the United States as highly skilled workers. The numbers are impressive, with Nigerians ranking highest in the percentage of immigrants with a bachelor’s degree, at 59%. The applause for this is commendable, yet it also […]

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Meet your Match: J Blood Artificial Intelligence connects blood donors to receivers in the FCT

Is there an alternative to blood for humans? The answer is no.One of the most vital requirements for a woman experiencing severe bleeding during childbirth is a blood transfusion. It is also the most essential need of a child suffering from severe anaemia due to chronic malnutrition or malaria. Accident victims, organ transplant patients and […]

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Quality healthcare is local: The Ijede General Hospital Story

The Ijede General Hospital is located along the Egbin Thermal Power Station Road in Ijede Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State. The hospital sits on land about the size of a standard football pitch and serves a population of about 40,000 Ijede citizens. A good number of patients also come from surrounding catchment […]

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Quality, the bedrock of healthcare: Future of Health Conference 2019

“Health is everything. If actor die, film don finish” – Engr. Chidi Izuwah Snr, at the 2019 Future of Health Conference How do we begin to change the narrative about healthcare in Nigeria? This was a key question Dr. Ike Anya, Nigeria Health Watch Curator, wanted answered at the 2019 Future of Health Conference. “We have […]

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The Ultimate #HealthMeetsTechNG Hack: Funding Healthcare with plastic waste

Where can you feel excited, anxious, inspired, passionate and enlightened, all within 72 hours? These were the emotions at the 2019 #HealthMeetsTechNG hackathon, held in Abuja, focused on finding solutions for maternal health in Nigeria. The three-day hackathon organised by EpiAFRIC and its partners was the third edition in the series of #HealthMeetsTechNG hackathons held […]

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A Chill on Disease: Gricd Frij, a homegrown solution to Nigeria’s Cold Chain Constraints

When Oghenetega Iortm, CEO of GRICD, a cold chain and logistics company spoke at the 2019 Health Watch Forum in Abuja themed “Prevent Epidemics: Immunise,” he focused on challenges facing distribution of vaccines maintaining the right temperature in Nigeria and strategies to address them. But inside their production hub located in the Ikosi area of […]

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No More Absence: Abuja NGO works to improve menstrual health for schoolgirls

Sylvia Egar was 13 years old in 2017 when she started her period for the first time. Her mother had never discussed the menstrual cycle with her, so she thought the painful, bloody discharge meant she was going to die. When her mother returned from the market later that evening and heard what had happened, […]

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Dying Unaware: Race to rescue “the missing millions” from hepatitis in Nigeria

Dying of viral hepatitis in Africa is becoming a bigger threat than dying of AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis, says the World Health Organisation (WHO). Yet hepatitis does not usually get the awareness and funding it deserves. It’s time for this to change. In 2016, the WHO set targets to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public […]

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National TB Conference 2019: Building Stronger Partnerships to End TB in Nigeria

Despite years of neglect — these are exciting times for the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis (TB)! A new treatment regimen for drug resistant tuberculosis with the potential of cutting treatment time by 75% is gaining traction and a new urine based test may make diagnosis a lot easier. Despite these, challenges remain in Nigeria, especially around […]

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Dawn of a new era as new heads of NHIS and NACA appointed

The general elections in Nigeria are long behind us, following postponements, pronouncements and postulation from the different political parties. Now, Nigerians are waiting with bated breath to hear who will be appointed/ re-appointed to the top jobs at the federal ministries. Health being one of them, following the end of Honourable Professor Isaac Adewole’s tenure. […]

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Nigerian Youth Suicides: A call for holistic reforms

In May, Sahara Reporters in an article told the tragic story of a promising 400 level University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) student Chukwuemeka Akachi, who had taken his own life after leaving a suicide note on a social media channel. A budding poet, his social media posts appeared to indicate that he had been facing […]

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Life is in the Blood: Talk Show Host drives donations to FCT blood bank

“To whomsoever saved my life – ‘Thank you’ I owe you my blood” –Kid It wasn’t the first time a heavy and prolonged period had sent Mma to the emergency room. Her monthly flow usually left her feeling extremely weak. “Madam get blood, get blood”, the hospital officials kept telling me,” Mma’s mother says. “It […]

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Empty Promises: The Bane of Health Sector Reform in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: This week’s Op-Ed comes from Chiamaka P. Ojiako, a lawyer and health equity advocate. On this Democracy Day 2019, she writes about the negative impact of inadequate political commitment on successive attempts to achieve sustainable reform in the Nigerian health sector. She makes the case for structures and enforcement mechanisms that hold the […]

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To the last mile – Can Nigerian states improve health access in rural areas through innovative finance mechanisms?

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Nigeria Health Watch Director of Finance and Administration, Christopher Nnaji. In the midst of discussions around the importance of Universal Health Coverage, he writes about the importance of thinking through state-driven health financing solutions for rural communities where the fear of incurring hospital bills is particularly […]