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Doctors for Change: From a WhatsApp Group to a Movement

It can be quite devastating when your doctor tells you that the specialist care you urgently need is not available in Nigeria. I have been there before, so I know what it feels like. First you count the cost of treatment — including travel — converting naira into dollars, dirham, pounds, or euro. Then you worry about the emotional […]

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Haihuwa Lafiya: Preventing Maternal Mortality in Jigawa State One Trip at a Time

By Elijah Ojonicko Akoji (Lead Writer) Hadiza Haladu’s first pregnancy almost ended in a double tragedy when she went into early labour. The closest health centre was 16 kilometres — about 30 minutes to one hour — away; and with only a traditional birth attendant (TBA) in attendance, Haladu lost her baby. She nearly bled to death from post-partum […]

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Oral Health Advocacy Initiative: Tackling Cleft Lip in Rural Communities through Surgery and Advocacy

The joy of welcoming their new-born son was dampened when Delight Sunday’s parents saw that the infant had a large tear on both sides of his mouth. According to Mr Sunday, after visiting numerous medical facilities, unable to afford the cost of treatment, they “decided to accept their fate”. Delight faced a lot of rejection […]

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From Curative to Preventive: Tackling the Cardiovascular Disease Burden in Nsukka

By Beti Baiye and Oluwatoyosi Aibinuomo (Lead Writers) Anyone watching 23-year-old Okenyi Collins as he went about his business at the Heart Disease Prevention and Training Centre (HDPTC) Nsukka, might have mistaken him for a caregiver to any of the elderly patients waiting to see the cardiologist. It was therefore interesting when he said he […]

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The Political Economy of Health: Making the Political Choice to Invest in the Future of Nigeria

By Bunmi Oyebanji Obot, Kemisola Agbaoye and Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writers) Nigeria’s political aspirants have officially started their election campaigns for the 2023 Presidential elections. There is no better time than now, during this political transition to remind political leaders that health is as critical to a nation’s development as the economy, infrastructure, security and […]

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Listening and Learning about Reproductive Health through Storytelling with The Indi-Genius Podcast

By Kemisola Agbaoye and Ikemefuna Igwe (Lead Writers) Adolescent Reproductive Health — Fraught with knowledge management gaps As is the case in any other country, adolescents in Nigeria experience different sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges, including, access to quality and age-appropriate reproductive health information. In this age group, knowledge about SRH in areas such as menstruation; […]

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Assess. Learn. Improve: Enugu State’s Journey to Closing Health Security Gaps

By Chibuike Alagboso and Kenneth Ibe (Lead Writers) The re-emergence of infectious diseases is inevitable, as humans continue to interact with the environment in different ways and live in closer proximity to animals. Given that infectious diseases can often start in communities, the value of building stronger and more resilient health systems capable of quickly […]

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The Lagos State Ilera Eko Scheme: A Baseline Assessment to Strengthen Service Delivery in Health Facilities

By Beti Baiye and Thelma Thomas Abeku (Lead Writers) From establishing the National Health Scheme Act to improving upon it with the National Health Insurance Authority Act, Nigeria has made admirable giant strides towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Also commendable is the fact that achieving UHC is more than just a federal priority as […]

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Breaking Norms and Preventing Mother and Child Deaths Through Community Dialogues

By Bashar Abubakar and Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writers) Close to a hundred community members — men and women of various age groups — had assembled under two tents in front of the village head’s residence in Yakasai village, Soba Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. A woman in the community had died while giving birth, and the community […]

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A Beep in Time Could Save a Life

By Judd-Leonard Okafor (Lead Writer) Enoh Richard’s doctor is reducing the number of pills she takes daily to keep her blood sugar under a healthy level. Previously, she was on 2,000mg of a blood sugar-controlling drug, 10mg of another to reduce the risk of heart failure or stroke, five units of insulin and she checked […]

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Water No Get Enemy: Improving Access to Water for the Uko Nteghe Community in Akwa Ibom State.

The gentle early morning rain falls as we drive through the still dark streets of Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, to Uko Nteghe in Mbo Local Government Area, which our guide says is about three hours away. Uko Nteghe is a rural community of about two thousand inhabitants, who are mainly farmers and fishermen. […]

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UNFPA and KOICA: Partnering to Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Vulnerable Groups in Borno State (A Photo Story)

By Ibukun Oguntola, Hadiza Mohammed and Samuel Gada (Lead Writers) The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in collaboration with the Borno State Government, particularly the Borno State Ministries of Health, Women Affairs, and Budget and Planning, have since 2018 been providing humanitarian assistance to displaced women, girls and vulnerable […]

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Kano State’s Health Security Roadmap: Evaluating Strengths and Gaps and Improving Health Systems

By Bashar Abubakar and Hadiza Mohammed (Lead Writers) When Nigeria conducted a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) in 2017, there was no way of knowing that the COVID-19 pandemic was just three years away. The whole essence of the JEE is to assess a country’s capacity to respond to public health emergencies, and it could be […]

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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 […]