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NCDC Hosts Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology – focuses on lessons from COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks

26 July 2021 | Abuja – NCDC Hosts Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology – focuses on lessons from COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in collaboration with partners is hosting the maiden edition of the Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology (NiCAFE) from the 26th […]

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Health

Here’s What the Media Should do to Advocate for More Funding for Epidemic Preparedness

By Beti Baiye and Ibukun Oguntola (Lead Writers) The media plays a significant role in how the public responds to health issues. Mass media, print, television, radio and internet have considerable power, reaching a wide and diverse audience, raising awareness about issues, framing how we think about issues and what we should be concerned about. […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Shaping the COVID-19 Response: The Role of Social Science

By Kenni Ndili As the COVID-19 virus spread across the world in 2020, the world was gripped by the massive global health crisis. Countries around the world were plunged into chaos as the virus travelled at liberty across national borders. In response, people and governments turned to the scientific community for answers how to contain […]

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How misinformation impacts COVID-19 vaccine uptake

“Nobody can convince me to take the COVID-19 vaccine. I don’t trust the government to give me anything that is free and good for me. Nothing is free in Nigeria. I know they want to insert a microchip in us so that they can control us”, Mary said. “I would rather travel to Ghana or […]

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Torchlight Series

Kano State created a budget line for epidemic preparedness; Here’s how CSOs helped make it happen

By Ibukun Oguntola & Gabriel Oke (Lead Writers) The health security of a nation comprises the activities that lessen adverse public health incidents and ensures a healthy and productive population. It is vital to developing strong and resilient health systems that can prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, wherever they occur. Nigeria has […]

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International ‘Contest Against Corona’ 2.0 by GIZ fights COVID-19 with Educational Quiz Game

BERLIN, Germany, April 28, 2021/ — The fun, gamified Covid-19 international information campaign ‘Contest Against Corona’ (https://contest.atingi.org) is now back this April 21st-May 21st, after reaching 100.000 participants in 54 countries with the first contest in December. The contest is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and organized by atingi(www.atingi.org), a digital learning project […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Will you take the COVID-19 Vaccine? A Household Survey on the Perception of Nigerians towards a COVID-19 vaccine

By Beti Baiye & Ibukun Oguntola (Lead Writers) Vaccines are vital to the prevention and control of infectious-disease outbreaks. They protect us from the time we are children into adulthood. Today there are vaccines available to protect against at least 20 diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, influenza and measles. Together, these vaccines save the lives […]

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COVID-19: Lessons from India and why Nigeria must not be complacent

In the last month, India has reported over 200,000 new cases of COVID-19 every single day. Hospitals are full and struggling to cope with the overwhelming demand for oxygen, crematoriums inundated, health workers are tired and families have been devastated. Many Indians in the diaspora feel helpless as they see family members struggling with the […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Conspiracy theories and COVID-19 vaccine introduction in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: This week’s piece comes from researchers Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, Chisom Obi-Jeff, Dr Carleigh Krubiner, Elana Felice Jaffe, Dr. Ruth Karron, and Dr. Ruth Faden. They analyze the rise of conspiracy theories during public health crises like the current coronavirus pandemic and explore who is most vulnerable to conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines and […]

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Preparing Nigeria for future pandemics will require building our scientific and research capacity: Views from six leading Nigerian scientists

By Vivianne Ihekweazu & Atinuke Akande-Alegbe (Lead Writers) “Is Nigeria no longer the GIANT OF AFRICA? Why are we not producing the Covid-19 vaccine yet or we’re waiting for free doses of vaccine from foreign aids?” This sentiment was shared on Twitter in December 2020 and has been echoed in multiple forums since the onset […]

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UNFPA Recommits to ICPD25 Commitment and Plan of Action

Despite global COVID-19 crisis, governments uphold support for women’s and girls’ health and rights, one year after historic Summit New York, 12 November 2020 — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on the health and economies of countries around the world, governments, non-governmental organizations, international financial institutions and the private sector […]

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COVID-19 FactCheck Covid19

Does wearing gloves protect against or stop the spread of COVID-19?

Does wearing gloves protect against or stop the spread of COVID-19? No. Gloves can only prevent infection if you don’t touch your face with your gloved hands, and only if you take off and dispose of the gloves correctly before washing your hands. You can still transfer the novel coronavirus to your face and other […]

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Covid19 Torchlight Africa

In Mathare, clean water is music, as Billian shields the Kenyan slum against COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Kenya, the government has taken strict preventive measures to contain its spread. Some of these measures include compulsory wearing of masks all the time while in public places, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, maintaining a distance of at […]

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Covid19 Press Release

New Report Provides African Governments Real-Time Information and Guidance to Find the Balance in COVID-19 Response

Real-time data from 20 African countries drives prevention guidelines to save lives 5 May 2020 (New York) – Member states across Africa responded quickly to COVID-19 with public health and social measures (PHSM), including curfews and lockdowns, as well as training in laboratory diagnostics, surveillance, risk communication, infection prevention and control, and case management conducted […]