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Mining HEFA: How Kaduna’s facility census data can be used to improve health care delivery

Data is one of the most important drivers of development, from conceptualisation of interventions to design and implementation. It is what largely guides the policy direction of government and implementation plans of development partners. Data determines what investments will be made in particular areas, and highlights where the need is greater for a specific intervention. […]

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How virtual training shaped COVID-19 reporting in Nigeria

As COVID-19 hit Nigeria, concerns grew for many journalists as to how they were to report on the pandemic which affected every sphere of life. Most media pages and airtime slots were filled with reports about COVID-19 cases and precautions on how the disease could be prevented. Given that COVID-19 is a disease caused by […]

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Health workers who deliver: LUTH’s resolve to help COVID-19 positive mothers give birth safely

By Adaobi Ezeokoli & Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writers) Professor Chris Bode, Chief Medical Director at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), is sitting at a conference table in his spacious office. A colourful artwork frame takes up the wall behind him, and files and papers are arranged on the table, remains of a meeting he […]

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In Safe Hands: First complex heart surgery at Reddington Hospital a huge success despite COVID-19

By Chibuike Alagboso and Adaobi Ezeokoli (Lead Writers) When Oluwaytoyin Adebiyi, a 66-year old elderly resident of Ejigbo in Lagos State woke up on April 28, 2020, he expected the day to start and end like any other day — he would spend the day at the stationery business he operates with his wife of nearly 40 […]

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Afe Babalola Multi-system Hospital: Bridging the Gap in Quality Health Care in Nigeria

COVID-19 pandemic has come with lessons for everyone around the world. It has not only shown that even the strongest economies can be severely shaken by just one public health emergency, it has also revealed that the best health systems in the world can be taken unawares by infectious disease outbreaks. Countries in Europe and […]

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NOA and MLSCN: Supporting Nigeria’s COVID-19 Response via communication and test kit validation

By Dara Ajala-Damisa & Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writers) The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people work in Nigeria and the response has required a multi-sectoral approach with all arms of the government keyed into the response. This led to the setting up of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 which brought together the Ministers from […]

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Rayuwa Da Korona: How two local radio stations are responding to COVID-19 in Kano State

On April 11, 2020, exactly one month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Kano State confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case. In the same month, the state witnessed what was described as “mysterious” deaths, claiming hundreds of lives including the Emir of Rano and seven professors from Bayero University Kano (BUK). […]

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Enugu’s free maternal programme is providing better health for rural women and children

“This article was produced in collaboration with Maternal Figures, a database of maternal health interventions implemented in Nigeria.” At Amorji Nike Primary Healthcare Centre [PHC] in Enugu East local government council, more than a dozen women with their children wrapped in their arms sit patiently in a waiting room at the premises. The women came […]

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The importance of political will in the fight against COVID-19: The Rivers State Example

By Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi (Lead Writer) Queen Wisdom is a petty trader who had come to buy some food items for her business at the Rumuokoro Market in Port Harcourt. She was seen wearing a face mask. When she heard of the coronavirus outbreak from international news channels, she was skeptical, and she felt coronavirus won’t […]

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WhatsApp for Social Good: How Nigerians used the platform to show care during the COVID-19 lockdown

Quiet streets. Closed office buildings. Empty public spaces. This was the reality for many Nigerian cities from March 30 to May 4, 2020, during the total lockdown put in place by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The month-long lockdown order was focused on Lagos, […]

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Nuhu Bammali Maternity: Sustaining immunisation gains in Kano despite COVID-19

Nuhu Bammali Maternity Hospital is a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Yakasai Ward, Kano Municipal area council in Kano state. The facility provides maternity care services to pregnant and breastfeeding women, including antenatal and postnatal care and delivery. The hospital also provides child health services such as immunisation. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with Kano being […]

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Public-Private Partnerships can help Nigerian hospitals improve maternal health; Here’s how

By Taiwo Adebulu (Lead Writer) “This article was produced in collaboration with Maternal Figures, a database of maternal health interventions implemented in Nigeria.” Esther is pregnant and walked into the Radiodiagnostic centre at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebute Metta, Lagos State.  “Ultrasound?” one of the nurses asked as soon as she sat. She nodded […]

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Bridging the communications divide: Fighting COVID-19 misinformation using local languages

By Abdullahi Tsanni (Lead Writer) When the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID — 19 a global pandemic on 11 March, 2020, Dr. Mohammed Auwal Ibrahim, a Nigerian scientist, was in his lab at the National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan. His relatives in Kano — at the time, the state with the second-highest number […]

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How Lagos State is tackling the challenge of alternative birth methods

By Olufemi Omotayo and Agnes Udosen (Lead Writers) “This article was produced in collaboration with Maternal Figures, a database of maternal health interventions implemented in Nigeria.” Due to poor conditions of the roads, navigating through the Itire/Ikate axis of Surulere can be a frustrating experience. Yet, this does not deter the pregnant women who, for […]