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“Turning the tide” of family planning services in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) project commenced in 2009 to address gaps in access to family planning services in six Nigerian cities, targeting “urban poor” communities. The program has run for five years. On September 29, the project will hold an event to share with partners and beneficiaries the lessons they […]

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It’s time for Nigeria to provide better care for children born with heart defects

Editor: One paediatric intensivist’s return home to Nigeria highlights the efforts of organizations working to provide cardiac surgery care for children born with congenital heart defects, and the need for Nigeria to improve its paediatric cardiac surgery capacity. By Dr. Bunmi Ode Just under one percent of all children in every population around the world […]

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What you need to know about the Yobe eye drops Story

This is a follow up story to the public service announcement concerning the misuse of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% solution packaged as eye drops in Yobe State, Northern Nigeria. A chilling weekend email On Sunday we sent out an urgent public service announcement on the misuse of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% solution (CHX). The solution, which is […]

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Urgent Public Service Announcement: Product withdrawal to save the sight of our children

Early in September 2015, in Yobe State in Nigeria, a three-week old baby was brought to a doctor with corneal ulceration leading to immediate blindness. The doctor took a detailed history, and the only possible cause that he could find was the use of what the mother described as “eye drops”, given to her as part […]

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Three reasons Strikes will continue in Nigeria’s Health Sector

No part of public service in Nigeria has experienced more strikes than the health sector. Right now, public tertiary hospitals in Nigeria are struggling to get back to life after another series of strikes. The University College Hospital, Ibadan, was crippled for 108 days by a strike called by the Association of Resident Doctors. At […]

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For One Percent: An Innovative Blood Bank in Nigeria

This week’s guest post is by Temie Giwa-Tubosun, director of the One Percent Project, whose aim is to improve the blood transfusion system in Nigeria. At Nigeria Health Watch, we take blood donation very seriously. The One Percent Project uses an innovative app to connect those in need of blood to those who are willing […]

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Inside a Nigerian IDP camp – a Public Health Perspective

A few weeks ago, my colleague Chioma and I volunteered with Pro Health International to provide free medical care for IDPs in three camps in Abuja. Pro Health International provides “quality and quantitative health care and hope to the poor and less privileged in rural areas of Africa at little or no cost to the […]

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Universal Health Coverage – President Buhari’s opportunity to become a national hero

This week’s guest blog comes from Robert Yates, an internationally recognized expert on progressive health financing. He works for Chatham House, the international affairs “Think-tank” based in London. He was one of the speakers at the Future of Health Conference held on June 18 in Abuja. Far from being a lame-duck, Barack Obama is having […]

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Waiting for the promised Change in the Health Sector

This piece is contributed by Remi Adeseun. Remi is a pharmacist and health sector entrepreneur, Chairman of Rodot Nigeria Limited (a Medical Devices/Water Technology and Healthcare Consulting Company) and Founder/President HEWS Foundation. He is an important thought leader in the Nigerian health sector. On the eve of the change of government, the All Progressives Congress […]

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Can technology-based measurement transform the Nigerian Health Sector?

The Nigerian Banking Sector is almost unrecognizable compared to where it was just a few years ago. As a consumer, you can get cash from almost any ATM in Nigeria, transact business in any bank, pay for goods by mobile phone, and confirm transactions in seconds. You have access to statements 24/7, at least as […]

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Nigeria interrupts Polio, but the fight is not over

Nigeria is about to cross an important milestone in its fight to eradicate polio. July 24th will mark one year since the last polio case was recorded in the country. Nigeria Health Watch team member Ifeanyi Nsofor reflects on the effort it has taken to get us here and what it will take to maintain […]

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Nigerian Doctors in the Americas meet in Orlando

Every year, Nigerian doctors meet all over the world in their organisations to find ways to inspire each other to engage more with Nigeria and support themselves in their various engagements. This year Chikwe Ihekweazu of Nigeria Health Watch attended the annual conference of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) which held in […]

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Against all Odds, a small Miracle is taking place in Bauchi

The Nigeria Health Watch team recently visited Bauchi State. We had been invited by USAID’s Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP). The programme’s purpose is to “increase the use of health services and strengthen health systems to be more responsive to the basic health needs of households in Bauchi and Sokoto States.” We went to […]

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Introducing Cervical Cancer Screening in Nigeria through a Social Franchise Project

Cervical Cancer is the most common female cancer in developing countries, with approximately 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths each year. In Nigeria, it is the second most frequent cancer in women, after breast cancer. Around the world, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes. Women in developing countries suffer disproportionately from the […]