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Stronger Through Collaboration and Partnership: Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum Quarterly Meeting

The COVID-19 pandemic not only exposed weaknesses in global health systems, it also provided us with an opportunity to course-correct and build more resilient health systems that will ensure health security for all. Taking advantage of this opportunity, on September 2 and 3, 2021, the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum convened a 2-day meeting with the […]

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Sustaining Excellence: NCDC Gets New Director General

Onyinye Oranezi & Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead Writers) Nigerians in the health sector and key stakeholders have waited with bated breath for the announcement of the new Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). This is following the appointment of its first Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu to lead WHO’s new Pandemic & […]

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Now We Have More COVID-19 Vaccines in Nigeria: Time to Deliver

After the successful deployment of the first round of vaccines received from the COVAX facility in March 2021, Nigeria has received its second batch of vaccines from countries around the world; receiving 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States through the COVAX facility and 177,600 doses of the single-shot Johnson & […]

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State of Emergency: The Doctors’ Strike and the Brain Drain of the Health Care Workforce

In 2019, when my father was in the Intensive Care Unit of one of Nigeria’s biggest tertiary hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory, one of the most contentious issues my family experienced was the constant chasing after specialist doctors to assess him and answer our burning questions. We would wait hours for the single cardiologist […]

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Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Nigeria: The Only Language Cholera Understands

Nigeria is prone to seasonal disease outbreaks and in the last few years, a series of outbreaks including monkeypox, measles, Lassa fever, yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis and cholera have threatened the nation’s public health security. In 2020, while responding to COVID-19, Nigeria was at the same time tackling what was reported as the largest recorded […]

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My Body, My Choice: Promoting Bodily Autonomy and Gender Equality in Nigeria

Zainab was only 11 years old when she became the fourth wife of a 42-year-old cobbler in her community. She is from Marki, a village in Northern Nigeria where girls are married off at the age of 12 to preserve their purity. Her parents did not consider educating a girl child a worthy venture. Therefore, […]

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Getting COVID-19 Shots in Arms: A Vaccine Rollout in Nigeria Like Nothing Before

By Gabriel Oke and Kenni Ndili (Lead Writers) In December 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine was issued emergency use authorisation (EUA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This was the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a partnership between a global leader in vaccine manufacturing and a German biotechnology company. Vaccine campaigns slowly began to take place […]

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Protect Breastfeeding: Strengthening Workplace Policies for Exclusive Breastfeeding in Nigeria

Breastfeeding provides essential nutrients to newborns and infants, which translate to proper growth and development from childhood to adulthood. There are many benefits to breastfeeding for both infants and mothers. These include, a reduced risk of infections, heart disease, obesity and others, for the infant and a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers, heart […]

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Building back better from COVID-19: Four insights from the inaugural NiCAFE conference

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that there is no dropping the ball when it comes to preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease outbreaks. Therefore, during the Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology — NiCAFE2021, which took place on the 27th and 28th July 2021, speakers and panelists shared strategies to strengthen public health using lessons […]

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The Global Education Summit and the Nigerian Paradox

President Muhammadu Buhari and other global leaders gathered in London for a two-day Global Education Summit that aims to raise US$5 billion for education globally. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted school systems, resulting in school closures in 2020, with many schools turning to virtual learning where it was possible. A recent report found that in low […]

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Taking Action and Finding Safe Spaces: Supporting Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse

By Aloysius Ugwu and Kenneth Ibe (Lead writers) Emeka was only 5 years old when the abuse began. “Both my parents worked and when I wasn’t in school, because they couldn’t leave me home alone, they would take me to a neighbour’s house and leave me in the care of their housekeeper. That was when […]

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Quality of Maternal Medicines in Nigeria: What You Should Know

By Amaka Yusuf and Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead writers) The World Health Organisation has reported that each year, between 5.7 and 8.4 million people die due to poor quality care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and this accounts for 15 percent of overall deaths. Majority of affected LMICs record lost productivity due to poor quality […]

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Shaping the COVID-19 Response: The Role of Social Science

By Kenni Ndili As the COVID-19 virus spread across the world in 2020, the world was gripped by the massive global health crisis. Countries around the world were plunged into chaos as the virus travelled at liberty across national borders. In response, people and governments turned to the scientific community for answers how to contain […]