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Re-Positioning the NHIS for Success: A To-Do List for the Executive Secretary

Editor’s Note: Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe is Lead Consultant at Health Ethics and Law Consulting, a health law and policy firm, which provides cutting edge legal and policy advisory on the life sciences, health, gender, and other development matters. In this week’s Thought Leadership piece she deftly takes apart the current state of the NHIS and […]

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A Call to Action on Prevention as NACA hosts HIV Conference in Abuja

Nigeria has the second largest burden of HIV on the African continent, with an estimated 3.5 million Nigerians infected and 60,000 new babies born HIV positive every year. With an increased global focus on the need to scale up prevention and fund the treatment and the science behind the fight for a cure, the National […]

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Genetically Modified Foods and Health; One Doctor’s Perspective

Editor’s Note: Prof. Shima Gyoh is a renowned surgeon, Professor of Surgery at Benue State University, and Former Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health. In this week’s Thought Leadership piece he carefully challenges the notion that “genetic modification” is novel or in itself harmful to health. We expect that there will be several […]

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Health Policy

Can this National Council on Health be the beginning of real change for the Nigerian Health Sector?

Editor’s Note: In this week’s Thought Leadership Piece, Felix Abrahams Obi, a health system research and policy analysis expert with the Health Policy Research Group of the University of Nigeria, writes about the Emergency Session of the National Council on Health that recently held in Abuja. A few hours after President Buhari launched the #ChangeBeginsWithMe […]

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Health Policy

Perspectives on medical law in Nigeria, an account from the World Congress on Medical Law

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership Series on Health piece comes from Barrister ‘La-Olu Osanyin, who highlights Nigeria’s recent showing at the World Congress on Medical Law last month. He summarizes the three presentations made by Nigerians at the Congress, presentations that showcase several pertinent issues facing Nigerians in the medico-legal space. Osanyin himself was […]

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Africa Diaspora Health Health Policy Nigeria

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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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, […]

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Five big issues at the International Conference of Midwives in Abuja

  May 5 was this year’s International Day of the Midwife. To commemorate this day in Nigeria, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) hosted the first Global Midwifery Conference in Nigeria on May 4th and 5th. With Nigeria accounting for the […]

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As the Health Minister’s 10,000 PHC transformation agenda starts, we urge him to keep primary health care under ONE roof

We are in May. Later this month we will mark one year into the tenure of the Buhari administration, a quarter of its four-year mandate. Also in May, we anticipate the kick-off of the Minister’s promised “one newly functional” primary health centre per day. The appointment of Professor Isaac Adewole as Minister of Health was […]

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Health Health Policy Nigeria Technology

Stronger together – increasing effectiveness of advocacy in the Nigerian health sector

The room was almost full at 8 a.m., as advocates, leaders of civil society organisations and senior government officials gathered in Abuja to learn from each other how to increase the effectiveness of their advocacy efforts.  Nigeria Health Watch, the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria and ONE Campaign convened the event as part of a […]

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Making our Voices Count: Active Citizenship for Health

We can see from other sectors in Nigeria, how active citizenship is driving change. From the elections, to the increased responsiveness of government in various sectors, Nigerians are finding their voices and using it. Most sectors are recognising this, even the Nigerian Police Force has recently set up a Complaint Response Unit. So, why is […]

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How families are finding strength in each other while caring for children with autism in Nigeria

It’s Autism Awareness Month this April and several groups in Nigeria are advocating for greater awareness and engagement in providing care for this special segment of our population. In this week’s piece, we highlight the challenges surrounding autism care in Nigeria, focusing on one special needs group in Abuja where parents and caregivers meet, to […]