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The State of States on Primary Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria

It is no secret that the state of primary healthcare in Nigeria is poor. Decades of neglect by state and local governments, whose responsibility it is to provide primary healthcare services in the country, have resulted in inefficient and poor-quality primary healthcare service delivery across the country. Every day, vulnerable people, including pregnant women and […]

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Beji Primary Health Centre: Leveraging the Basic Health Care Provision Fund to Improve Service Delivery

“We received one million naira from October 2020 to February 2022”, said Halima Musa, the officer in charge of Beji Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Bosso Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. Proudly pointing out the facility’s solar-powered underground borehole and tank, Musa explained that a part of the funds was used to fix […]

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Your health in 2021: 10 things you should know about accessing healthcare

Editor’s Note: This week’s thought leadership piece comes from Dr Kemi of RelianceHMO, an HMO provider in Nigeria. She works to explain the different types of health insurance plans that are available for Nigerians, and highlights what everyone should take into consideration when choosing a health plan.  Despite a consensus with other heads of African […]

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UHC: Nigeria’s Political Will, a Catalyst!

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership opinion piece comes from Dr. Uchenna Ewelike, a Senior Health Economist. He re-echo’s the importance of Universal Health Coverage in ensuring financial protection for the most vulnerable in our societies, analyses Nigeria’s journey towards Universal Health Coverage, and proffers solutions for the road ahead.  Universal Health Coverage is meant […]

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Thought Leadership UHC

#UHCDay2019: Is Nigeria’s Basic Health Care Provision Fund Leaving No One Behind?

Editor’s Note: For UHC Day on December 12th, The Nigeria Health Watch team in partnership with Centre for Family Health Initiative (CFHI), held a Community UHC Forum in Jiwa, on the outskirts of Abuja’s Municipal Area Council. The goal was to learn what the community understood about the country’s Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) […]

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A case for an effective “Roof” over Primary Health Care in Nigeria

We were on a road trip to Jos, capital city of Plateau State, famous for having the most temperate climate in Nigeria. The ride had been smooth and uneventful, so nothing prepared us for the enchanting sight of rock and boulder formations flanking the road. The Riyom rocks delicately arranged one on top of the […]

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Health Thought Leadership

59: Great Lofty Heights Unattained

Editor’s Note: As Nigeria celebrates its 59th year of Independence, Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor reflects on Nigeria’s healthcare journey through the lens of an average 59-year-old Nigerian woman. Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor is Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch, a 2019 Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University and a Senior New […]

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Money for Midwives: Will the BHCPF solve Midwifery’s Funding Woes?

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, recently made waves when he asserted that he was not worried about doctors leaving Nigeria, because the country has a surplus. The comment spurred outrage and extensive commentary about whether Nigeria actually has enough health workers. In an interview on Arise TV, Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor, Nigeria Health Watch […]