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Covid19 Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Four pics, One Health: Can a joint “Approach” protect Nigeria from emerging disease outbreaks?

Editor’s Note: The novel Coronavirus has taken centre stage as the virus spreads from China into other parts of the world and from animal-human to human to human infection. This brings to light the critical importance of understanding how animal health influences the spread of epidemics globally. In this week’s Thought Leadership piece, Dr. Ibrahim […]

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Health NHW Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Mission to transform the Health Sector of Lagos: A Breakfast Meeting with Dr Jide Idris

“A key part of Dr. Jide Idris’ delivery is his honesty of self-assessment. If you do not know where you are, you cannot plan for where you need to be”. ~ Remi Adeseun, Country Manager, IQVIA West Africa/Moderator, Breakfast with Dr. Jide Idris. On Tuesday, June 5th, at the Nigeria Health Watch conversation, “Breakfast with […]

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Health Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Lost in the Debate: Five questions no one is asking about the National Health Insurance Scheme in Nigeria

As the debate rages on regarding the return of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), after his suspension by the Honourable Minister of Health, the discussion is focused on the political intrigues rather than the heart of the issue. Much commentary has been written, breakfast shows have debated his return, yet […]

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Health Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

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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Africa Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

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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Health Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

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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Diaspora Health Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

“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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Diaspora Health Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Greener Pastures: Why Nigerian doctors are taking their expertise out of the Nigerian health sector

Dr. Rukayat Salami left Nigeria after her housemanship at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital to pursue a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. “I decided to leave Nigeria whilst I was doing my house job right after medical school,” she said. “I was trying to find an escape […]

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Health Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

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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Health Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

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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Africa Diaspora Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

A mighty Iroko in the Nigerian health sector has fallen: A tribute to the late Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

“I shall not mourn you! Not at all. You were a blessing. Your footprints are large but your humanity much larger. First, I shall thank you for all you have done, not only for me but for so many others. Then I shall celebrate you for what is left of my life and work. A […]

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Health Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

“I banged on the hospital door at 1 a.m. with my daughter screaming in pain” – The difficulty of healthcare access in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership Piece recounts the harrowing experience of Nneoma Wokemba, a mother who found herself fighting to get health care for her child in the middle of the night. Wokemba shared her experience on Facebook a few days ago. As we celebrate International Women’s Day this week, her poignant story reminds […]

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Diaspora Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

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 […]