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How e Consign Me? Obesity, a Growing Concern in Nigeria

When most people hear the word ‘malnutrition’, they often think, undernutrition. But malnutrition, in all its forms includes undernutrition (wasting, stunting, underweight), inadequate vitamins or minerals, overweight, obesity, and resulting diet-related non communicable diseases. Every country is affected by one or more forms of malnutrition. Tackling malnutrition in all these forms is one of the […]

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When a Virus ‘Outstays its Welcome’: Lassa Virus found in the Semen of Survivors 9 Months after Recovery – implications for public health management

Editor’s Note: In this commentary Professor Sylvanus. A. Okogbenin, the Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, discusses the significance of a new ground breaking study just published by his team in the pre-eminent medical journal, The Lancet, in which they describe the persistence of the virus in patients after recovery from acute Lassa […]

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Fire on the mountain: How Private Hospitals in Nigeria Can Respond to the Medical Brain Drain

By Ayoola Oladipupo (Lead Writer) Editor’s Note: In today’s Thought Leadership Piece, Ayoola Oladipupo, an early career consultant with an interest in private sector engagement for African development, particularly in the healthcare sector, writes on the effects of the medical brain drain on private hospitals in Nigeria and shares insights on how private hospitals can […]

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Rural Communities Also Deserve Quality Healthcare: Spotlight on Maito and Bankogi PHCs, Niger State

“I attended all my antenatal at the health facility”, said Aisha Alhassan, a resident of Maito community narrating her experience at the Maito Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State (LGA). “However, when I started labor around 5 am, the facility was closed. No health worker was present. We were […]

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The African Medical Centre of Excellence: If You Build It They Will Come

By Oluwafolakemi Ajala (Lead Writer) On the morning of December 7th, 2021, as we walked into the tent set up for the ground-breaking ceremony of the African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE), in the Apo-Kabusa area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the beat of the local drums invited us to move to their beat. […]

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2021 in Review – COVID-19 Still in View and Refocusing on Pressing Health Issues

From new and emerging health challenges occasioned by everchanging socioeconomic conditions, to dynamic shifts in healthcare delivery, 2021 has been a year of new lessons learnt. The shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued to resonate around the world, effectively diverting global attention away from other health challenges that countries were facing. By January 31, […]

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Community Health Watch: Listening to the Voices of Community Members in Niger State to Improve Access to Primary Healthcare

In August 2021, Nigeria Health Watch initiated a community engagement project with the aim of monitoring and reporting on the state of healthcare delivery in rural communities around Nigeria. Primary healthcare is the bedrock of any health system, and the hope is that this project will enable the voices of community members to be heard, […]

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Is the Basic Health Care Provision Fund the Silver Bullet to Achieve Universal Health Care in Nigeria: Lessons from Dukpa PHC

Sustained Health financing is an integral part of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and this year, as the world commemorated UHC day on the 12th of December, the theme, “Leave no one’s health behind: invest in health systems for all,” emphasised the need for governments to make smart investments in their country’s health systems. The […]

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Partnering with Religious and Traditional Leaders to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Nigeria

By Gabriel Oke (Lead Writer) Deliberate engagement with respected community influencers is one way to encourage the uptake of reproductive health services. This will able the smooth deployment of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) programmes at the grass-root level. This strategy is one of several that Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION) employs to […]

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World AIDS Day 2021: End Inequalities. End AIDS, End Pandemics

By Ibukun Oguntola and Thelma Chioma Abeku (Lead Writers) On the 1st of December every year, the world commemorates World AIDS Day, a day set aside to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, sharing progress and successes as well as identifying challenges in tackling the virus globally and locally. World AIDS Day is also an […]

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Saving Mothers Lives: Improving the Procurement of Quality Maternal Medicines in Nigeria

By Dara Ajala-Damisa and Sunday Ehigiator (Lead Writers) Access to quality essential medicines is not only a human right, but also crucial to realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set out by the United Nations. While the Nigerian government is putting in place programmes to improve the health of Nigerians and deliver priority health […]

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Family Planning in a New Lagos: The Gains of Collaborating for Greater Impact

By Alex Ehieme and Patience Adejo (Lead Writers) The Nigeria Family Planning Blueprint (2020–2024) has a set objective of achieving a modern contraceptive prevalence rate of 27 per cent for women by 2024. In reality, according to the ‘2020 Statistical Report on Women and Men in Nigeria’ released in August by the National Bureau of […]

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#Hack4COVID19Waste: Hacking for COVID-19 Waste Management Solutions

By Gabriel Oke and Kenni Ndili (Lead Writers) As the fight against COVID-19 continues, a new problem has presented itself that if left unchecked may have long-lasting consequences for our world. Preventing and treating COVID-19 has created biomedical waste that must be disposed of safely. In countries like Nigeria, where proper waste management is already […]