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World AIDS Day 2022: End AIDS. Equalize

Every first of December, the world unites to commemorate World AIDS Day, showing support for people living with HIV and remembering those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. This year, as stakeholders come together to observe World AIDS Day 2022 under the theme ‘Equalize’, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on global leaders and […]

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World AMR Awareness Week 2022: Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is still a global health issue. In 2019, the United Nations Ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on AMR warned that drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050, damage the economy and force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty by 2030, if no action is taken. Results […]

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Prioritising Health Security to Make Nigeria ‘Pandemic Proof’

By Sunday Oko and Ibukun Oguntola (Lead Writers) The Federal Government Budget for the Health Sector has more than doubled over the past five years, increasing from N305.1 billion in 2016 to N876.4 billion in 2022. Now, for the first time in the history of health funding in Nigeria, over a trillion Naira has been […]

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Strengthening Local Capacity for Disease Detection, Reporting, and Response

Larry Brilliant, a renowned epidemiologist, once said that “outbreaks are inevitable, but pandemics are optional.” Globally, this inevitability of outbreaks has been even more evident in the last 2 years. In 2022 alone, in addition to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a case of Circulating vaccine-derived polio virus (cVDPV) was detected in the United States in […]

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When Floods Threaten Nigeria’s Food Security Everyone Suffers

Media reports have been filled with reports of flooding in several states in Nigeria in the last few months. Thousands of hectares of farmland has been destroyed by floodwater, and the president of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Kabiru Ibrahim has warned that food supplies will be adversely affected, as most farmers were ready […]

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World Polio Day 2022: Is Polio Becoming a Wicked Problem?

“While polio exists anywhere, it’s a threat everywhere” — Ian Riseley, President, The Rotary Foundation Nigeria was declared wild poliovirus free on the 25th August 2020. The news was met with a lot of celebration. The long-fought battle towards a wild polio free status had been won in Africa. Nigeria was the final country in which this was […]

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Expanding PHC Funding Frontiers: Key Takeaways From the 2022 PHC Financing Forum

From the ‘Re-imagining Primary Health Care’ summit in April 2022 to the commitment made by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) — in August of the same year to increase funding for primary health care and recently, the Primary Health Care (PHC) Financing Forum in October, Nigeria’s PHC system appears to be receiving a great deal more attention. […]

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Handle Your Heart with Care: Curbing the Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases in Nigeria.

We got to Zenith Medical & Kidney Centre at 6:50am, and already, the place was beginning to fill up. Thankfully, we were early enough for my father to get connected to a dialysis machine before 7:30am. My mother and I found a parking space in the shade and tried to make ourselves comfortable. It was […]

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Nutrition in Nigeria - What Gaps Persist? Highlights from an Interview with Shawn Baker, Chief Nutritionist for USAID

Shawn Baker, Chief Nutritionist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was in Nigeria in September, and in an interview with Nigeria Health Watch, he shared his insights on Nigeria’s progress in ending malnutrition and offered key recommendations to bridge persistent gaps. Mr. Baker reflected on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and […]

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For Want of a Better Life: Still on Nigeria’s Medical Brain Drain

By Dr Tanimola Owolabi (Lead Writer) Editor’s Note: Dr Tanimola Owolabi is a senior registrar, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a ‘Residency and Post Graduate Training Posting’ signed with the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Ilorin Teaching […]

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A Strong Catalyst: Strengthening Primary Health Care through Local Government Reforms

By Sunday Ehigiator (Lead Writer) The local government system created in 1976 is still the closest form of government to the grassroots. However, historically, most Primary Health Centres (PHCs) managed at the local government level, are ill equipped to provide the required quality of care. While multiple programmes have been designed to improve access to […]

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The Best Start in Life: Getting Exclusive Breastfeeding Right

By Kenneth Ibe and Hadiza Mohammed (Lead Writers) Nutrition is a vital component of infant and young child development, and a major determinant of short and long-term health outcomes in children. The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) state that the most critical period for good nutrition is from the start […]

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The State of States on Primary Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria

It is no secret that the state of primary healthcare in Nigeria is poor. Decades of neglect by state and local governments, whose responsibility it is to provide primary healthcare services in the country, have resulted in inefficient and poor-quality primary healthcare service delivery across the country. Every day, vulnerable people, including pregnant women and […]