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Next Level Agenda in the journey towards UHC: Health for All Nigerians

By Aloysius Ugwu & Michael Atima (Lead Writers) When the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom, said “Without health, people have nothing; without health, we have nothing as humanity”, he meant a world where everyone can achieve healthy and productive lives no matter who they are or where they live. […]

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The need for women’s leadership in global health – The Nigeria experience

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Women in Global Health (WGH) Nigeria, an organisation that was established to bring visibility and recognition of Nigerian women, shape global health programming and advocacy, and reform policy and in communities in Nigeria and the diaspora. They analyse the reasons why more women are not seen […]

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#Innovate4HealthNaija: Improving Healthcare Access at the Future of Health Conference 2020

Innovation is a term used to spur big business into evolving their way out of oblivion. In healthcare, refusal to innovate could mean loss of lives, especially for vulnerable populations who are most at risk of poor health outcomes and have significant challenges accessing quality healthcare. When the 2020 Future of Health Conference theme, Innovation: […]

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Why Are Women Dying While Giving Birth in Nigeria?; Recommendations for Improved Outcomes

We have heard the statistics countless times. Nigeria accounts for nearly 20% of global maternal deaths according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to the Nigeria Demographic Health Survey 2018, only a mere 39% of live births occur in health facilities, with 61% of births taking place outside of a health facility. According to […]

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#Innovate4HealthNaija: The Future of Health Conference 2020 is here!!!

After five years of delivering highly recognised health conferences focused on generating solutions aimed at improving healthcare access for every Nigerian, the 2020 Future of Health Conference will take place on Thursday, 3rd December 2020. The conference is themed “Innovation: Improving health and scaling up healthcare access.” Innovations in healthcare are important for every part […]

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#GivingBirthInNigeria: Curbing Nigeria’s High Rate of Maternal Deaths Through Community MPDSR

Maternal mortality, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days following the delivery or termination of a pregnancy. The WHO notes that Nigeria alone accounts for nearly 20% of global maternal deaths. Globally, maternal mortality remains a major public health concern, especially in poorly […]

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Mental Health, a Silent Burden for Women #GivingBirthInNigeria

Adeona (not real name) narrates the mental breakdown she suffered when carrying and delivering her fourth and last child. She was sick throughout her pregnancy. And yet her husband expected her to function normally as a wife and mother and fully support the family. Through the morning sickness, vomiting and complications of her pregnancy she […]

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Nigeria’s First Ladies and the WHO advocate for the urgent need to eliminate cervical cancer

Editor’s Note: In this week’s Thought Leadership piece, Nigeria’s First Ladies Against Cancer (FLAC) and Dr Nono Simelela of the World Health Organisation (WHO) advocate for the urgent need to eliminate cervical cancer in Nigeria and align to the global strategy for cervical cancer elimination. In August 2020, for the first time ever, the world […]

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10 things you should know about COVID-19 vaccine candidates

(1) Why are vaccines important in the COVID-19 pandemic?The COVID-19 outbreak has evolved into a historic pandemic, bringing unprecedented disruption to global economies. In response to the outbreak, public health measures including handwashing with soap and water, physically distancing and wearing of face masks have been recommended to limit transmission. The pandemic has caused a […]

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Moving from advocacy to action in the fight against Malnutrition

The COVID-19 pandemic has not just exposed the fragile nature of the health systems of most developing countries, including Nigeria, but has worsened other related health issues in the country, including malnutrition. Malnutrition and other nutrition–related issues continue to be of public health concern in Nigeria, especially impacting women and children. According to UNICEF, “Malnutrition […]

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Nigeria is polio-free. What next?

On August 25, 2020 Nigeria and the African continent received what was undoubtedly cheering news amid a very turbulent year — the country and the continent are officially polio free. Nigeria waited with bated breath for the past four years when the last polio virus case was recorded in Borno state, North-east Nigeria. It was a long, […]

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What Nigeria’s health sector can learn from the #EndSARS protests

For two weeks, young Nigerians coordinated peaceful protests across the country to demand an end to police brutality, illegal profilings, extortion and in some cases, extrajudicial executions by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). Protest participants cut across different backgrounds and social classes but were united by a common goal, […]

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The Disease of Violence: Police brutality as a public health emergency in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: In the wake of the #EndSARS protests that have rocked several Nigerian cities in the last week, we at Nigeria Health Watch take a look at some of the ways in which police brutality affects the mental, physical and emotional health of young people, and reflect on the conversations we must begin to […]

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The NURHI Project: 10 Years of Impact in Nigeria’s Family Planning Space

By Kenneth Ibe & Olubunmi Oyebanji (Lead Writers) The availability of family planning services, enables girls and women to make informed choices about birth spacing and their desired family size. It also contributes to improved sexual and reproductive health and the wellbeing of children, women, and families. Many sexually active women are still not empowered […]