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Innovations and Current Trends in Digitising Distribution of Health Products in Nigeria

Digital technology has become an integral part of daily life, and healthcare delivery can be improved by taking full advantage of the interconnectedness that technology affords. To examine ways digital health is leveraged to improve access to medicines in Nigeria, Salient Advisory in partnership with Nigeria Health Watch organised a webinar titled, ‘Innovations in Digitising […]

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Healthcare Services Should be Inclusive of Persons with Disabilities – Here is How

By Selben Penzin Editor’s Note: We must pay attention to the needs of persons with disabilities to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities and desires. In this piece, Dr Selben Penzin, ophthalmologist, public health researcher and senior programme manager at Sightsavers, […]

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What’s Next for Global Health Security? Key Takeaways from the Global Health Security Conference on Building Back Better

A team from Nigeria Health Watch attended the Global Health Security Conference 2022 in Singapore. This article highlights key takeaways from the conference on what the world needs to do to prepare for the next pandemic, as well as lessons for Nigeria to #BuildBackBetter post COVID-19. As the world moves towards recovery from the COVID-19 […]

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Decentralising Health Security: Lessons From COVID-19

By Chibuike Alagboso and Beti Baiye (Lead Writers) On Monday, 18 July 2022, Ghana declared the first-ever outbreak of the highly infectious Marburg virus in its southern Ashanti region. Efforts are currently underway to investigate and trace contacts as well as to respond to and prevent further spread. Following so closely on the heels of […]

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Nigeria must improve health services for mothers and babies: here’s what can change

By Jamilu Tukur, Bayero University, Kano Nigeria is one of the largest contributors to maternal and newborn (neonatal) deaths in the world. It’s estimated that in 2017 the country accounted for more than 20% of the global deaths of women due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. In 2018, the maternal death rate was 512 […]

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Improving Primary Health Care in Kano State through Sustained Financing and a Strengthened Health Workforce

A shortage of well trained, and motivated Human Resources for Health (HRH) and inadequate funding are some of the challenges confronting Nigeria’s Primary Health Care (PHC) system. Against this backdrop, in June 2022, Nigeria Health Watch organised a policy dialogue on the theme “Strengthening Human Resources for Health and Achieving Sustainable Financing for Primary Health […]

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Transitioning Nigeria’s National Population Policy: From Policy to Implementation

By Folakemi Ajala (Lead Writer) The National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) is the top think tank in the federation, responsible for conducting cutting edge research on national issues. Every year, the Nigerian President assigns a theme to members of the Senior Executive Course, the flagship program of the Institute, to conduct research […]

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Leveraging the Joint External Evaluation to Improve Health Security at Sub-National Level

By Chibuike Alagboso and Onyinye Oranezi When the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Nigeria, Dr Johnson Simon Mafuka who heads the Infectious Diseases unit at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri, Imo State said they knew it was a matter of time before the first case would arrive in the state. At the […]

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Monkeypox in Nigeria: Is There a Case for Vaccines?

The current epidemiology and spread of monkeypoxThe spread of monkeypox to apparently non-endemic countries has highlighted again the inequity in the global response to the infectious disease outbreak. Monkeypox is considered “endemic” in a few countries in Central and West Africa, including Nigeria where the disease re-emerged in 2017 after about 39 years and has […]

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Is Nigeria’s Current Demographic Trend a Dividend or a Disaster?

My great-grand father had five wives and 23 children, 18 of whom were male. It was said that he was deliberate about having a large family because he was a rich farmer who did not believe in hiring others to do the work when he could produce sons who would grow up to work the […]

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#OnlyOneEarth: Making Sustainable Living Our Only Option

Nigeria’s power situation has been at an all time low since the national grid collapsed early this year. A few days ago, Nathaniel Bassey, a Nigerian gospel music icon, shared an Instagram post with the caption, “Generator Empire”, the economic cost of running offices, businesses, and homes on generators. On Sunday, 5 June, we joined […]

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Monkeypox - When the World Did Not Listen to Nigeria

Again, the world is paying attention to another infectious disease outbreak. This time it is monkeypox, a rare disease that many people may never have heard about, until recently. Named after a well-known primate — monkeys, due to the early origins of the disease. Its re-emergence and spread to many countries across the world has led to […]

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Leveraging Digital Health to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Among Nigeria’s Youth

By Patience Adejo and Kemisola Agbaoye (Lead Writers) Adolescents, who account for about 1.3 billion of the global population, may become sexually active despite their lack of adequate knowledge. This exposes them to the risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and possible unintended pregnancies. In developing countries, about 12 million girls aged 15–19 years and […]

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From A Scheme to an Authority - 5 Things You Need to Know About the New NHIA Act

By Dara Ajala-Damisa and Kemisola Agbaoye (Lead Writers) Last Thursday evening, some great news was delivered to health advocates and Nigerians at large. The President had just signed to law an Act to repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme Act of 1999 and establish the National Health Insurance Authority. For many who are keen followers […]