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Results are out! Data is the new oil for health planning in Nigeria

The planning process is one of the most important factors in ensuring the success of any project. This is true if you are running a household, a small business, an organisation, or even a state. The popular adage that goes, “If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail,” rings true here. For health projects, whether […]

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The State of the Nigerian Health Sector in 2017

The year 2017 rounds up this week, and we at Nigeria Health Watch reflect on what has been a challenging year for the Nigerian health sector. There have been set-backs, but also notable triumphs, and below are prominent themes that dominated the Nigerian health sector in 2017. The critical role of leadership Leadership has always […]

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Diaspora Health Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

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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Nigeria’s Race to the 2020 Goal of 90-90-90; An ambitious target to end AIDS

Editor’s Note: As part of global efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat, UNAIDS, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners have launched a new road map to reduce new HIV infections. The HIV prevention 2020 road map was launched at the first meeting of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition. In this […]

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Giving Birth in Nigeria: The staggering odds facing pregnant women

Every single day, Nigeria loses about 145 women of childbearing age, making her the second largest contributor to the maternal mortality rate in the world, according to UNICEF. When this statistic came out earlier this year, it elicited different responses from different people online, and started up a debate among friends, co-workers and total strangers […]

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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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Mental Health: The danger of Nigeria’s single story

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership Article on Health was written by Dr Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and advocate for better mental health services in Nigeria. She writes about the sparse availability of mental health services, personnel and institutions in the country, discusses why this is so, and points out the slow but […]

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Are HMOs needed in Nigeria? Public hearing scrutinizes their existence

Last week, the House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services held a 2-day investigative public hearing aimed at achieving three key objectives: To investigate the compliance rate of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) to the NHIS contributions To investigate the utilization of funds by the Healthcare Providers To investigate the claims of inhumane treatment of enrollees […]

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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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Is the Nigerian government one step closer to evidence-based decision making in health?

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership Piece was contributed by Olusesan A. Makinde, Senior Health Information Systems Advisor with MEASURE Evaluation project, Abuja, and Kolawole A. Oyediran, Senior Monitoring and Evaluations Advisor with the MEASURE Evaluation project in Arlington, Virginia. They highlight the recent inauguration of the National Health Data Governance Council, evaluating how critical […]

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Cancer: Time to wake up to the challenge in Nigeria!

As the world marks World Cancer Day, it forces us to focus again on the challenge of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer in Nigeria. Most families in Nigeria have been confronted with cancer’s devastating diagnosis, and the opportunities for management are hardly better than they were 30 years ago. This year’s World Cancer day […]

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Should the health sector be tasked with road safety?

There is hardly anyone in Nigeria who does not have a personal tale of road crashes to tell. In 2007, my mother died due to complications of a head injury sustained from an ‘‘okada” (commercial motorcycle) crash. It was a painful and an avoidable death. A report by the CLEEN Foundation showed that in 2013, […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Nigeria’s population growth crisis

There have been many salient issues that we at Nigeria Health Watch have drawn to our audience’s attention in the span of 2016. As the year draws to a close and we look forward to continuing to lead the charge in 2017 for a more efficient and responsive health sector for Nigerians, we felt it […]

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Has the Nigerian patient been “Failed by Angels?”

This week in Abuja the Centre for the Right to Health (CRH) will hold the premiere of an advocacy documentary, “Failed by Angels,” which highlights the exploitations of patients’ rights in the Nigerian health system, especially during maternity care. CRH is a non-profit that envisions a Nigeria where quality healthcare is available, affordable and accessible […]