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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 […]

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Nigerian Medical Students’ Association: Active Citizenship for Health Improving Malaria Prevention and Treatment Awareness

Beyond the breakthrough vaccineThe Malaria vaccine is considered to be one of the greatest breakthroughs in medical history. However, in spite of this breakthrough, the battle against malaria is far from over. In the 2021 World Malaria report, Nigeria is still considered one of the 11 highest-burden countries. About 96% of malaria deaths globally were […]

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Here’s How Activists are Advocating to End Environmental Pollution in Port Harcourt

Listen to the story below Nigeria Health Watch · Here’s How Activists are Advocating to End Environmental Pollution in Port Harcourt | 04-04-2022 By Innocent Eteng (Lead Writer) It is 8 am and a dark cloud of haze has darkened the Port Harcourt skyline making visibility difficult. In Oyigbo, a local government area (LGA) 30 […]

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Power in Her Hands: Breaking the Culture of Silence Surrounding Sexual and Gender Based Violence Through Technology

“…gender-based violence happens to our acquaintances, colleagues, friends and, yes, family members.” Anita Hill. The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) puts the number of girls who experience sexual violence in Nigeria at one in every four. Data makes it possible to measure the true scale of the problem. However, for Omowumi Ogunrotimi, the founder and Executive […]

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#BreakTheBias: Making Women’s Voices Matter in the Media

Conquering gender bias is no easy feat as it is steeped in cultural and societal constructs that are difficult to break. In African society, social norms and gender stereotypes favour boys over girls in many aspects of their lives, further widening gender disparities and hampering social and economic progress. In Nigeria, women are historically misrepresented, […]

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Leveraging the Private Sector to Expand Access to Family Planning — Without Compromising Quality

By Iyadunni Olubode (Lead Writer) It has been a rough couple of years for maternal health. COVID-19 dealt a major blow to our health system, setting us back in our efforts to improve care quality and equity to help pregnant women survive and thrive.In order to sufficiently tackle our nation’s maternal health crisis, however, we […]

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Vision First: Shell, Joint Venture Partners Supporting Integration of Eye Care into Primary Health Care

By Beti Baiye and Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writers) Vision plays a critical role in every facet of life therefore when a person’s vision is impaired, it significantly affects their quality of life. Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment and of these, at least 1 billion people have a vision impairment that […]

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Beyond a building: Overcoming Barriers to Accessing Primary Healthcare in Sauka Community

Water, electricity and good roads are some of the basic amenities every community needs to thrive, while health and education are the foundations of a productive society. Communities that lack these services often experience challenges as their absence slows down development. Indigenous communities in the Federal Capital Territory are amongst the most underserved in terms […]

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Beji Primary Health Centre: Leveraging the Basic Health Care Provision Fund to Improve Service Delivery

“We received one million naira from October 2020 to February 2022”, said Halima Musa, the officer in charge of Beji Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Bosso Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. Proudly pointing out the facility’s solar-powered underground borehole and tank, Musa explained that a part of the funds was used to fix […]

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FCT Health Insurance Scheme: Redefining Ways to Target the “Missing Middle”

“Enrolling people into insurance schemes is not easy, considering the fact that you are asking people to come and pay for health when they are not sick” — Dr Ahmed Danfulani, Director/CEO FCT Health Insurance Scheme. Each country’s journey towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is very context specific and requires strategies that address the unique challenges posed […]

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WASH in PHCs – How Fulfilling Evidence Gaps Contributes to Improved Policy and Practice

By Oguntola Ibukun & Dara Ajala-Damisa Nigeria is among the countries where about 17% of health care facilities had no access to a water source as at 2019. A 2019 joint WHO/UNICEF report showed that worldwide, 896 million people use health care facilities with no water supply and 1.5 billion people use facilities with no […]