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A Wearable Reminder: Prompting Caregivers to Stick to Vaccination Schedules in Kano State

By Chibuike Alagboso and Ikemefuna Igwe (Lead writers) Gandirwawa Primary Health Centre (PHC) is in Minjibir Local Government Area (LGA) which is 42 kilometres from Kano city in Kano State. Located on an expanse of land the size of almost four football fields, the PHC is usually bustling with activity: children running around, as their […]

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Girl Child Concerns Academy: Unleashing the Potential of Girls in Borno State

By Ibukun Oguntola and Hadiza Mohammed (Lead Writers) The boko haram insurgency has negatively impacted girl child education which is vital to any country’s growth. An organisation increasing access to education for the girl child in Borno State is plugging some of the gaps in the state’s education sector, ensuring that girls can exercise their […]

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#PreventEpidemicsNaija: Advocating for Domestic Resource Mobilisation to Strengthen Nigeria’s Health Security

When the #PreventEpidemicsNaija Campaign was launched in 2018, it was likened to the story of the boy who cried wolf. Why should the country dedicate resources to prepare for an epidemic that might never happen? Today, the project has helped increase awareness and funding — among policymakers and the public — for epidemic preparedness at national and sub-national levels. […]

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Winning the Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation in Cross River State

By Violet Ikong (Lead Writer) Female Genital Mutilation is a harmful cultural practice that violates the rights of girls and women. Although Nigeria’s Violence Against People Prohibition Act criminalises it, FGM is still common across the country. The Center for Social Value and Early Childhood Development (CESVED), a non-profit run by Gift and Augustine Abu […]

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She Writes Woman: Giving Mental Health a Voice in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the road to a mental illness diagnosis is often fraught with shame, stigma and secrecy. People living with mental health conditions need to know that they are not alone and can get professional help. For a significant part of her life, Hauwa Ojeifo had struggled with extreme mood and energy swings, which, coupled […]

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Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control: Strengthening Nigeria’s Local Capacity to Lead the Lassa Fever Response

By Beti Baiye and Ibukun Oguntola The driveway in the grounds of the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) is large and welcoming and as you enter the hospital premises, the hospital’s motto: ‘Patient is Supreme’ catches the eye. The hospital was founded in 1993 to manage viral haemorrhagic fever including Lassa fever and over the […]

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From the Darkest of Days to a New Dawn: 35 Years of the Nigerian Response to HIV and AIDS

From the Darkest of Days to a New dawn: 35 years of the Nigerian Response to HIV and AIDS is the title of a seminal book just published by a team of institutions that have been part of the AIDS response in Nigeria, for the past 35 years. The book was launched on the 14th […]

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Making Good on a Promise: How Nasarawa State Vaccinated Seventy Percent of its Eligible Population

By Gabriel Oke (Lead Writer) Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is not a competition and there are no prizes for the state that successfully vaccinates all of its eligible population first, but the fact that Nasarawa State has vaccinated over 70% of its eligible population, putting it ahead of all but one of its neighbouring states, […]

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Achieving a Minimum Service Package in Primary Health Care: The Kano State Roadmap

Over the years, Nigeria has developed various initiatives aimed at improving Primary Health Care (PHC) delivery in the country. One of such initiatives was the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) programme, launched in 2011 and designed to improve primary healthcare services through the integration of all PHC services delivered under one authority. The Minimum […]

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Medicines Should Save Lives: Here’s How DrugStoc is Ensuring This Happens for Nigerians

As a Procurement and Supply Management (PSM) officer, when Chukwunonso Umeh began his search for a vendor who could supply some of the life-saving commodities needed for a project he was working on, one organisation ticked all his boxes. His project is helping to accelerate nutrition results in Nigeria and aims to increase utilisation of […]

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Saving Mothers, Giving Life 2.0: A Collaborative Approach to Improving Maternal Care in Kaduna State.

In 2021, we discussed the first phase of the Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) project which was implemented in Cross River State; and introduced SMGL 2.0, the second phase of the initiative being implemented by Pathfinder International with the aim of improving access to maternal and newborn health services and strengthening collaboration and partnership between […]

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One Square Meal a Day – Home-Grown Feeding Programme Keeping Niger State Children in School

By Kenneth Ibe and Ikemefuna Igwe (Lead Writers) In 2017, the Federal Government of Nigeria introduced the home-grown school feeding programme (HGSFP) in primary schools across the country. The programme provides one square meal every day to pupils in public primary schools, with the aim of encouraging school attendance, combating malnutrition and promoting local economic […]

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Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Access to Quality Maternal Medicines

The quality of healthcare a woman receives during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum is critical as it determines whether she lives or dies. Evidence shows that a majority of the maternal medicines used to treat the leading cause of maternal mortality (postpartum haemorrhage) in circulation in Nigeria are sub-standard. Consumers of sub-standard medicines might never be […]

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Scaling Up Quality of Maternal Care: The RICOM3 Programme is Helping to Improve Nigeria’s Maternal Health Outcomes

In 2020, we shone a spotlight on RICOM3, a programme focused on helping Nigerian women take ownership of their pregnancy journey, by going the extra mile to implement a Quality of Care (QoC) model that women and health care workers can easily adopt, own and practice. A consortium consisting of Jhpiego, mDoc and Health Strategy […]