Coronavirus: Time to take social distancing seriously in Nigeria

The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis and the world is seeing the number of people affected increasing rapidly everyday. To control the spread of the virus, several measures have been implemented in different countries. ‘Social distancing’ and ‘self-isolation’ are phrases you might have heard more of recently and are two critical interventions being put in […]

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In the shadow of Climate Change: The need to focus on better water quality in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: For World Water Day, celebrated annually on March 22nd, Nigeria Health Watch Events Manager Thelma Thomas writes this Thought Leadership Piece exploring the critical importance water plays in improving community health and the impact that climate change has on access to water. She outlines steps Nigeria must take if it is to attain […]

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Breathe In, Breathe Out: Nigeria’s Air Quality a Silent Health Hazard

Editor’s Note: In this week’s Thought Leadership Piece, Nigeria Health Watch Programme Coordinator Patience Adejo explores the state of Nigeria’s air quality, how it affects the health and well-being of Nigerians, and what needs to be done to ensure we can pass on a country with cleaner air to our children.  Thirty-nine year old widow […]

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Elevate Women’s Voices: Nigeria’s health sector must become #EachforEqual – IWD2020

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day marked annually on March 8, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women — while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. This year’s campaign theme for IWD is #EachforEqual, […]

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MNCH Thought Leadership Series

Midwives are a lifeline for better maternal health, Nigeria must invest in them: OpEd

Editor’s Note: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Year 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and The Midwife. In this Thought Leadership OpEd for Nigeria Health Watch, Olajumoke Adebayo, a Young Midwifery Leader at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), writes about the critical roles that midwives play in reducing maternal mortality […]

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Our bleeding wound: Are Nigeria’s doctors justified for leaving? OpEd

Editor’s Note: A U.S news politics report that recently trended online showed how Nigerian immigrants have carved a niche in the United States as highly skilled workers. The numbers are impressive, with Nigerians ranking highest in the percentage of immigrants with a bachelor’s degree, at 59%. The applause for this is commendable, yet it also […]

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Our Love, In Sickness and In Health

Editor’s Note: Ahead of Valentine’s Day on February 14, Nigeria Health Watch Social Media Analyst Michael Atima weaves a tale of romance that takes a nose dive when the unexpected happens, and reminds us all that love is sweet, but sweeter when both partners have access to the best gift money can buy — quality, affordable healthcare. […]

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The Heart to Help: Improving women and children’s health through philanthropy

Editor’s Note: The Obijackson Foundation in December 2019 threw a week-long Christmas festival, which included a Christmas party for 7,000 children in Anambra. EpiAFRIC team members, Chibuike Alagboso, Aloysius Ugwu and Thelma Thomas, who attended the event, write about how the Foundation’s has fared running the Children’s Hospital and the opportunities for potential partnerships to […]

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Covid19 Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Four pics, One Health: Can a joint “Approach” protect Nigeria from emerging disease outbreaks?

Editor’s Note: The novel Coronavirus has taken centre stage as the virus spreads from China into other parts of the world and from animal-human to human to human infection. This brings to light the critical importance of understanding how animal health influences the spread of epidemics globally. In this week’s Thought Leadership piece, Dr. Ibrahim […]

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Dr. Ben Anyene: A Visionary Health Reformer who spoke Truth to Power

Editor’s Note: Dr. Benjamin C. N. Anyene passed away on December 29th 2019. He was a versatile and important part of the health reforms that defined the Nigerian health sector from the 2000s. In this Thought Leadership Piece, Health Systems and Policy expert Felix Abrahams Obi, who was one of Dr. Anyene’s mentees, highlights the […]

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Mind Over Matter: Improving Mental Health among Nigerian Men

Editor’s Note: Mental Health is an incredibly misunderstood issue in Nigeria, as it is in most parts of the world. In this week’s Thought Leadership piece, Nigeria Health Watch Program Manager Dara Ajala-Damisa writes about the need to focus particularly on the mental health needs of men. This comes on the heels of the release […]

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Destination UHC: Nigeria’s Political Will, a Catalyst!

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership opinion piece comes from Dr. Uchenna Ewelike, a Senior Health Economist. He re-echo’s the importance of Universal Health Coverage in ensuring financial protection for the most vulnerable in our societies, analyses Nigeria’s journey towards Universal Health Coverage, and proffers solutions for the road ahead.  Universal Health Coverage is meant […]

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2020 Vision: A call to great exploits in Nigeria’s health sector

A new year is here, the end of one decade and the beginning of another, depending on where you place your marker. The year that passed witnessed some incredible moments in Nigeria’s health sector, and as we begin 2020, it’s important to reflect on what went well in 2019, and what we must look to […]

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Immunisation Thought Leadership Series

When Gavi came to visit Nigeria

A welcome visit from Gavi As 2019 wound down to its close and holiday plans were being made, arrangements were also being made for a high-level visit of Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and his team to Nigeria. This was a much-welcomed visit- as it comes after a dark period that saw […]