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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 […]

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Noma: A neglected oral disease affecting Nigeria’s children

Five-year-old Fatima was brought to the clinic by her parents. She was tired and weak with her head properly covered in clothes. When unwrapped, there was a massive darkened area on the left side of her face involving her cheek, nose and the lower eyelid with a horrible odour pervading the whole clinic. Fatima has […]

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The community, health insurance and advocacy: Plateau and Nasarawa States

Until the day he fell from a palm tree, Mr. Paulinus, a yam farmer in Adikpo community of Benue State never had reason to spend much on health care. Although he suffered a fracture from the fall, he was confident that it would not cost much to receive treatment at the hospital. However, it soon […]

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Lessons from Pathfinder Nigeria’s five decades of breaking boundaries in sexual and reproductive health

By Thelma Chioma Thomas and Onyinye Oranezi (Lead Writers) Pathfinder International started in Nigeria in 1965 when Dr. Clarence Gamble and his wife Sarah Gamble came to Nigeria in the hopes of laying a foundation for his work. Fifty-five years later, their journey has transformed lives and led to significant changes in Nigeria’s sexual and […]

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Who to trust and how to overcome COVID-19 misinformation in Nigeria

If there is a lesson that COVID-19 has taught stakeholders about public health misinformation in Nigeria and probably elsewhere, it is that a sentiment-laden blend of distrust and religion, and a number of traditional beliefs could get people who are expected to know better, to jettison commonsense, temporarily or permanently, and consider or fully embrace […]

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#PreventEpidemicsNaija: Improving public health and social measures through risk communications

By Chibuike Alagboso and Patience Adejo (Lead Writers) “I don’t believe there’s COVID-19.” “I can’t be infected by COVID-19 because I’m young and have a strong immune system.”  “I follow the safety guidelines by NCDC such as wearing of face masks and frequent hand washing with soap and water because I believe they will protect […]

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Better Breastfeeding for a Healthier Nigeria: 2020 World Breastfeeding Week

Every year from August 1–7, Nigeria joins over 170 countries globally to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. This is one of the greatest outreach vehicles for the promotion of optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices. The event, formally endorsed by the 1990 WHO Innocenti Declaration and policymakers across the globe, reaffirms commitment to breastfeeding […]

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Halting future pandemics: A call for a strong government preparedness plan

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in partnership with the Ministry of Health has been leading the response against COVID-19 with the support of other stakeholders. As of 9th August 2020, Nigeria had recorded 46,577 confirmed cases, 33,186 discharged cases, and 945 deaths from COVID-19. Government agencies are implementing different facets of the response with the Presidential […]

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A tale of two diseases: COVID-19 and Lassa fever in Nigeria

Two hundred and nineteen (219) – That is the number of lives lost to Lassa fever between January and June 2020, according to the latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Nigeria has been experiencing a yearly outbreak of the viral haemorrhagic fever since it was first identified in Borno state in […]