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Make it look good - How perception adjustment for local foods can impact malnutrition in Nigeria

Four-year-old Terwase is not in school yet, so he often goes with his mother to the market where she has a small trinkets shop. Terwase gets hungry during the day, and the hot and dry Abuja weather makes him cranky. When they make sales, his mother buys him ‘puff puff’ from Mama Ben down the […]

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Bayelsa Health Summit 2021 - Building back better and stronger

By Dr. Chijioke Kaduru (Guest Writer) There is widespread consensus around the globe on the need to strengthen health systems and make them more resilient. A health system includes all of the different institutions, actors and resources involved in delivering healthcare to individuals. Despite this accord, there is continued debate exactly how individual countries should […]

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The need to provide mental health support for pregnant women in Nigeria

I struggled with feelings of anxiety and depression for nine months during my first pregnancy in 2016. I spoke with my gynaecologist several times about my different mood swings, but he felt I should be excited because I was having a baby. Sometimes I felt happy about having a baby, but most times I felt […]

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Achieving Zero Malaria by 2030: What Nigeria must do to advance towards elimination

By Kemisola Agbaoye (Lead Writer) Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in children under five years of age globally. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a child dies from malaria every two minutes. Eighty percent of the global malaria burden is carried by 15 countries, 14 of which are in Sub-Saharan […]

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Will you take the COVID-19 Vaccine? A Household Survey on the Perception of Nigerians towards a COVID-19 vaccine

By Beti Baiye & Ibukun Oguntola (Lead Writers) Vaccines are vital to the prevention and control of infectious-disease outbreaks. They protect us from the time we are children into adulthood. Today there are vaccines available to protect against at least 20 diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, influenza and measles. Together, these vaccines save the lives […]

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COVID-19: Lessons from India and why Nigeria must not be complacent

In the last month, India has reported over 200,000 new cases of COVID-19 every single day. Hospitals are full and struggling to cope with the overwhelming demand for oxygen, crematoriums inundated, health workers are tired and families have been devastated. Many Indians in the diaspora feel helpless as they see family members struggling with the […]

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Reclaiming Girlhood: Early Marriage a Challenging Public Health Dilemma in Nigeria

Bintu, (not her real name) was married off to a 49-year-old man in Dogon Daji village, Sokoto State in Northern Nigeria when she was 13. Bintu said she wanted to become a medical doctor before her father decided she would get married to a man thrice her age, who was a farmer. Bintu said her […]

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Nigerians deserve better oral health; Here’s what we must do to get it

By Toluwani Oluwatola (Guest Writer) Globally, March 20 is set by the International Federation of Dentists to celebrate oral health and raise awareness about oral health. Since its inception in 2013, every year has been marked by a theme to call individuals and governments to take action for oral health. This year’s theme is ‘Be Proud […]

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Poor Quality Maternal Medicines: The slippery slope to maternal deaths in Nigeria

By Olajide Adelana – Lead writer Balarabe Danladi Zakariya, a resident of Gabari, Kano State thinks he is jinxed and the reason is not far-fetched. He was married twice and lost both his wives in childbirth. His first marriage had a sweet beginning until his wife, Lami, died of breast cancer months after giving birth […]

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Valuing Water: Nigeria must tackle climate change to protect its water resources - WWD21

“Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late.”- John Delaney. Life is not possible without water. As one of the most important substances on earth, water is an element that is useful to living and non-living things. It is used for agriculture, recreation, […]

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There is no U(HC) without Me(ntal Health)

“Without mental health, there can be no physical health”- Dr Brock Chisholm It is not an uncommon sight to see naked or half-clothed persons roaming the streets of villages, towns and cities in Nigeria. Commonly called ‘Ototolo’ (madmen) by the Ugep people of Cross River State, they live on and eat off the streets and […]

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Access to kidney care critical for Nigeria to “live well” with kidney disease: World Kidney Day 2021

By Gabriel Oke and Hadiza Mohammed (Lead Writers) World Kidney Day is celebrated every year to create awareness about kidney diseases and advocate for care towards people who are living with any stage of kidney disease. The day serves as a day to drive conversations and communicate the benefits of healthy living. Over 2 million […]

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We must bridge the funding gap for family planning in Nigeria’s 2021 budget

By Aloysius Ugwu and Gabriel Oke (Lead Writers) Jack Lew, former United States Secretary of the Treasury described a budget as ‘’not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations’’. Unfortunately, Nigeria’s health budget has poorly reflected the values and aspirations of its citizens. Healthcare financing in Nigeria has so far […]