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A Brand New Maito: Renovated PHC caters to community health needs in Niger State

It is a dusty Tuesday morning in Maito village, typical of the early harmattan season. Men and women carrying farm equipment walk on either side of the small road that divides the village into two. The rainy season has ended, and the villagers are busy harvesting. Not so for Malam Aliyu Bala, who has to […]

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PHC Thought Leadership Series

A case for an effective “Roof” over Primary Health Care in Nigeria

We were on a road trip to Jos, capital city of Plateau State, famous for having the most temperate climate in Nigeria. The ride had been smooth and uneventful, so nothing prepared us for the enchanting sight of rock and boulder formations flanking the road. The Riyom rocks delicately arranged one on top of the […]

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Oloibiri to Abuja: Sustainable People-centered investments in primary and tertiary care

A blue Toyota Corolla pulled to a stop inside the hospital premises and a middle-aged woman helped a frail young boy into the outpatient unit. She approached the nursing station with a distressed look on her face. A member of staff from the hospital took the boy into the nursing station to attend to him. […]

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A Tale of Two PHCs in Niger State: Accessing Equitable Healthcare From Beji to Maito

Beji village, Bosso Local Government Area (LGA), in Niger State is an agrarian community, 30 kilometres from the state capital, Minna. Renowned for the huge yams produced in the town, Beji is also known for its popular cattle market, one of the biggest in the state. Mrs. Halima Musa is the In-Charge at the Beji […]

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Creating a haven for quality primary care in Niger: The Fuka example

On a cold drizzling morning in Fuka village, Munya local government area (LGA), Niger State, three-day-old Oscar has just been bathed and dressed by his grandmother. He looks healthy in his sweater and lies comfortably in his mother’s arms. Twenty-three-year-old Mary, his mother, had just applied chlorhexidine gel around his unbiblical cord area. “It is […]

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Can a passionate workforce make up for the shortcomings in our PHCs?

The effective delivery of healthcare has many dimensions. While the focus is largely on the patient who is receiving the care, the other integral part is the healthcare workers who deliver the care. They and other non-medical staff make up the whole gamut of Human Resources for Healthcare (HRH),  critical for an efficient health system. The […]