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Alapa: Why family planning is becoming a household name in Oyo State

The women who access family planning services at Okeolola Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in Oyo town, Oyo State have a local name for their preferred family planning method. It’s called “alapa” and refers to the implant family planning method. “Apa” translates to “arm” in Yoruba and because the implants are inserted in the arm, demand […]

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Future of Health 2018: Will the Brain Gain from Nigeria’s Diaspora revive the Health Sector?

‘Daddy, you know this would never have happened when you were working in Lincoln, right?” Dr. Olujimi Coker, Medical Director of Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos was telling an enthusiastic audience of 400 people at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, how his awestruck children reacted to his cancelling a family weekend trip, because he had been asked to […]

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Driven by traditional leaders, a “magic” ointment is preventing deaths in newborns: A story from Sokoto

Gagi community on the outskirts of Sokoto in Northern Nigeria is a settlement where everyone knows each other. Modern and traditional style buildings sit side by side.  People are gathered in groups in what is popularly known as ‘Majalisa’, or council on either side of the road, in between clusters of shops and houses. One […]

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Can medical outreaches for maternal health bridge the access gap in the Federal Capital Territory?

It was a bright Saturday morning when a team of volunteers, made up of nurses and medical corps from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), set out on a mission to take reproductive health, antenatal, and family planning services to a rural community called Kaida-Sabo village, in Gwagwalada area council of the Federal Capital Territory […]

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Nutrition agents increase demand for CMAM services in Borno

No mother ever wants to face the tough choices many mothers in conflict zones, like Borno have to face on a daily basis. The struggle for survival, keeping a severely malnourished child alive, while at the same time struggling for their own survival, knowing that the treatment that will keep their child alive will also […]

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Simple but effective: The community mobilisers driving immunization in Borno State

Polio immunization in Nigeria has arguably received more consistent publicity than any other disease. The focus on eradicating polio via immunization has often taken centre stage in global health conversations, so it is clear why for most people immunization is often synonymous with polio vaccination. There is, however much more to routine immunization than eradicating […]

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Identify and Report: How grassroots informants accelerated the end of polio in Niger state

The streets of Masaga district in the northern part of Bida local government area of Niger state were adorned with a colourful display of varying designs of outfits as both the young and elderly march to different destinations for marriage ceremonies. Fridays are usually for wedding ceremonies, explains Baba Buhari, the Disease Surveillance and Notification […]

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Displaced but Determined in Borno; Exclusive Breastfeeding in the midst of a humanitarian crisis

The Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Maiduguri is home to over 30,000 people. It is one of several IDP camps in Borno State where victims of the Boko Haram conflict, forced to abandon their homes, have taken refuge. As a result of this conflict, the longest (since 2009) and one of the deadliest Nigeria […]

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Can community organisations lead in taking sexual health education to rural areas?

As the nation’s seat of power, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is usually associated with splendour. This opinion about the city is often formed by the images of wide roads and beautiful structures in the city centre and Abuja’s plush neighbourhoods and from images on social media. But for some who live in Abuja and […]

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The last mile: On the frontlines of polio eradication in Kano State

In August 2016, the last poliovirus case in Nigeria was diagnosed in Monguno Local Government Area in the North-Eastern state of Borno. Since then, those working in the polio space, nationally and globally, have worked hard and are watching vigilantly with bated breath as Nigeria again comes close to being declared polio-free by 2019, incidentally […]

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From Onitsha to Silicon Valley: Teen girls’ app may save Nigerians from fake drugs

Save a Soul, a team of five students from the Regina Pacis Secondary School Onitsha in Anambra State, won a place in this year’s global finals of the Technovation Challenge in Silicon Valley, California, USA. The Technovation program mentors young girls around the globe on how to use technology to solve problems in their communities. […]

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Lessons for Bida: Three approaches that may solve Niger state’s public sanitation dilemma

The Katsina family of Bida will probably never forget June 20th 2018. Just before 8 p.m. on that day, Mr. Farouk Katsina received an urgent call from his wife asking him to come home. Salihu, their beloved three-year-old son, had been vomiting and stooling uncontrollably. By the time Mr Katsina got home, a neighbour, who […]

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Before the first impact: How your little actions can save lives on Nigerian roads

On Monday, February 10, 2014, Mr. Celestine Chima kissed his two children, seven-year-old Goodluck and five-year-old Goodness goodbye and stepped out of his residence in Owerri, the Imo state capital. Celestine was certain about two things; his destination, a small densely populated town called Nekede, approximately 20 minutes’ drive from his house and his mission […]

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How “SatComms Tablets” are reviving primary healthcare in Kano State

A few mothers are seated with the Health Officer-in-Charge of Sumaila Yamma Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), who has just finished post-natal counseling. Bilikis, a second-time mother, cannot hide her delight that today she was attended to earlier than usual. She comments that during her first pregnancy, also attended to at this PHC, things were a […]