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Not the ‘Devil’s work’: Reversing Club Foot Deformities in Children

By Innocent Eteng (Lead Writer) Most mothers agree that the first meeting between mother and child invokes overwhelming joy. This was true for Joy Chinedu the first time she carried her baby, Precious, examining every part of her with awe and wonder, two hours after giving birth in August 2014 at a public primary health […]

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Spotlight Initiative: Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in Nigeria Through Surveillance

Anthonia Obokoh (Lead Writer) Any form of violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. Based on World Health Organisation estimates, one in three women are subjected to physical or sexual violence. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, reports have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. […]

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Lessons from Oleju: Improving Equality & Efficiency in Achieving Health for All

Gender inequality constitutes a major barrier to realising equitable access to health-care services. Promoting gender equality is a major component in promoting the right to health for all people. For Sandra Ogholi, Executive Director of the Rural Development and Reformation Foundation (RUDERF), this is the motivator behind the OLEJU project implemented by RUDERF. “I realised, […]

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Healthy Mother, Healthy Child: Encouraging ANC, PMTCT uptake in Akwa Ibom State

By Kelechukwu Iruoma (Lead Writer) Eme Okon was two months pregnant with her third child when she started attending antenatal care (ANC) at the Eyokponung Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Akwa Ibom State of southern Nigeria. This was her first time ever; having not attended ANC during her first and second pregnancies. During her first […]

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Family Planning 2030: CSOs as Advocates for Achieving Nigeria’s FP2030 Targets

By Stephen Enoch (Lead Writer) Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has an estimated population of about 200 million people, making it the seventh most populous country in the world. According to the World Population Review, the country’s population is projected to hit 400 million by 2050. The major contributors to Nigeria’s population growth are high […]

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Human-centered Design for Life: How Smiles for Mothers is Keeping Mothers Alive

About one in every five global maternal deaths happens in Nigeria. Improving maternal health outcomes must remain a key priority that generates urgent policy action. According to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), out of 100,000 live birth, 512 women will die while giving birth. In the same survey, findings suggest that the lifetime […]

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#H2OForCommunities: JDI’s Community Collaboration on WASH Facilities 

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water” — W.H. Auden. Iwa is a lively rural community of about 600 inhabitants in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State. It is just about 112 kilometres from Minna, the state’s capital and like most rural communities in North-Central Nigeria, the indigenes are predominantly farmers. Iwa is one […]

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Call for first Cohort of Solutions Journalism Fellowship Nigeria

Nigeria, like the rest of the world, is dealing with a lot of problems. However, beyond all these problems, there are efforts to respond to them. Solutions Journalism aims to tell these stories of how people are  responding to different social problems. The aim is to empower others experiencing similar problems with information on how […]

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From pickup to delivery: Strengthening healthcare through medical logistics

By Dr. Anthony Olagunju & Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writers) The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Gawu in Niger State serves as a Tuberculosis (TB) treatment centre for patients in the zone under the CHALLENGE TB program. The Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (KNCV) TB foundation, the professional association of chemists, life scientists and process technologists in the […]

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Nutrition Interventions Securing Livelihoods in Hard-to-Reach Areas of Borno

The growing insurgency in Northeast Nigeria is negatively impacting the lives and health care of residents in the region, particularly mothers and their infants, who lack adequate care and face life-threatening food shortages. The insurgency has also worsened health issues such as malaria and malnutrition and has adversely obstructed access to clean water. In a […]

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Julia Burke Maternity Centre blends trado-modern methods to provide quality care

By Adaobi Ezeokoli & Aloysius Chidiebere Ugwu (Lead Writers) The GEANCO Foundation has intervened in the area of medical missions for orthopaedic surgery in Nigeria since 2011. In 2014, they began to focus on another area of health development — maternal health and nutrition.  The Foundation wanted to reach out to underserved pregnant women who were likely to […]

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Safe Spaces: Youth friendly centre provides judgement-free forum for sexual and reproductive health convos in Yola

“I have always wanted a place like this, where I can sit and discuss issues with my peers without being judged,’’ says Zulaihat Yusuf, 30, after engaging in a two-hour conversation with 29 other youths in Yola, Adamawa State. The discussion covered many youth concerns, from sexual and reproductive health to drug abuse. ‘’It is […]

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Guilty or not Guilty? How PSN Africa is addressing the realities of postpartum depression in Lagos State

In May 2020, criticisms against a 22-year-old mother, Olufunmilola Adisa, accused of killing her baby in Lagos State flooded the internet. Reports alleged that she wrote a letter describing how she did it. However, two individuals looked beyond the headlines and outpouring of condemnation and offered to assist Adisa. For Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem, a lawyer and […]

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Adolescent 360: An all-round approach to increase access to Sexual and Reproductive Health services for Nigeria’s young people

An adolescent or teenage girl is often described as a young person who is approaching womanhood. According to the World Health Organisation, an adolescent girl is between the ages of 10 and 19, a time when she is navigating puberty, discovering herself and her sexuality and all that makes her a woman. This is a […]