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The NYSC and NCDC Collaboration: A Partnership Inspired by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beyond being mandatory for the advancement of career prospects after graduation from university, completing the national youth service is a thing of pride for many Nigerian graduates. The process is so important that some Nigerians who complete their undergraduate studies in other countries return home to participate in it. Failing to complete the national service, […]

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Torchlight Africa

#HealthMeetsTechAfrica: Building Communities and Navigating Healthcare Post COVID-19

Ìgwèbụ̀íké is an Igbo phrase which means “there is strength in community.” Community plays an important role in every aspect of our lives. Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. Since 2017, through the […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Now We Have More COVID-19 Vaccines in Nigeria: Time to Deliver

After the successful deployment of the first round of vaccines received from the COVAX facility in March 2021, Nigeria has received its second batch of vaccines from countries around the world; receiving 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States through the COVAX facility and 177,600 doses of the single-shot Johnson & […]

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Getting COVID-19 Shots in Arms: A Vaccine Rollout in Nigeria Like Nothing Before

By Gabriel Oke and Kenni Ndili (Lead Writers) In December 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine was issued emergency use authorisation (EUA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This was the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a partnership between a global leader in vaccine manufacturing and a German biotechnology company. Vaccine campaigns slowly began to take place […]

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Building back better from COVID-19: Four insights from the inaugural NiCAFE conference

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that there is no dropping the ball when it comes to preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease outbreaks. Therefore, during the Nigerian Conference of Applied and Field Epidemiology — NiCAFE2021, which took place on the 27th and 28th July 2021, speakers and panelists shared strategies to strengthen public health using lessons […]

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Press Release

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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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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Press Release

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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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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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 […]