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WHO Africa Health Forum to shape next steps in universal health care on the continent

Global leaders and health experts will come together at the continent’s seminal health-focused event to identify workable solutions that will strengthen African health services, deliver more effective health security and make significant inroads towards achieving universal health coverage. The Government of Cabo Verde and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa  are hosting the second WHO Africa […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Person of the Year

We rarely have much to celebrate in the health sector, and broadly this is still the case. The fundamental reform that the sector requires to meet the health needs of the Nigerian people is yet to happen. It requires political courage, not something this government has demonstrated much of. However for the first time in […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Seven out of ten Nigerians not confident in Capacity of their local Hospitals to manage Ebola

We will be surprised if there is a Nigerian out there that has not yet heard about the Ebola virus. It’s on Radio, TV, Facebook, Twitter. There are jokes, rumours of cures and miracles and, sadly, a few real deaths. Our government has responded by providing daily updates. State governments all over the country are […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

An island of hope: Visiting the Obio Community Health Insurance Scheme

There have been many calls for universal health coverage recently. Nigeria is one of the signatories to the universal health coverage plan which states that citizens must be able to access health facilities without payment at the point of getting that service. One of the models through which this can be delivered is community health […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

Do medical missions really help? We joined Pro Health International on one to find out.

Medical missions have grown in relevance in Nigeria over the past 20 years. This is largely as a consequence of the failure of the health system to serve the poor. In the conventional sense, medical missions usually involve a group of physicians and other health workers travelling to a foreign country for the purpose of […]

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Meeting Nigerians working on TB from all over the continent meet in Ghana

Tuberculosis is one of the oldest diseases known, yet one of the most difficult to control. Nigeria has the second highest burden of TB in Africa and the 4th highest in the world. In order to have a good estimate of the burden of TB in Nigeria, the National TB Control Programme of the Federal […]

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A medical Exhibition in Africa with very few African Exhibitors

There is a lot of talk everywhere about Africa “rising“. This is definitely the case in many sectors of the economy in several African countries. There is definitely a rise in the extractive sectors, which has fuelled the consumerism produced by a growing middle class. This is not only manifest in the expansion of Walmart […]

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Millions of girls in developing countries to be protected against cervical cancer, but …

…countries will need to develop the infrastructure to deliver the HPV vaccine to those that need it! This is precisely where we struggle the most in our Nigeria. Most people working in the public health community were excited at the recent announcement by GAVI that it had negotiated a new price of $4 for the […]

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A polio-free Nigeria as a critical step to a polio-free world

Guest post by Iruka N Okeke …and we endorse and actively support its content!  Nigerian scientists, doctors and technical experts  joined their colleagues from around the world to launch the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication on 11 April 2013. Today, the world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, with just 223 cases in five countries […]

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Laboratory medicine matures in Africa: How should Nigeria translate talent to impact?

We could not attend an important conference on Laboratory Medicine in Africa this month because we were involved in another important event in London at the same time, so you can imagine our excitement when a dear colleague – Iruka Okeke sent us her take from the conference. Iruka has contributed a lot to the development of […]

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Visit to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital – the largest hospital in the world

One often needs to look beyond the circumstances at home in Nigeria to understand the scale of our challenge. We have 17 Teaching hospitals, and a Federal Medical Centre in every state without a Teaching Hospital. During a recent visit to my alma mata – the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu, I found many […]