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COVID-19 Vaccine was the Top Health News Item in 2021

From the moment the novel coronavirus was identified in January 2020 and subsequently declared a pandemic in March, the race has been on to control the outbreak. Governments around the world locked down their countries and advised on tough public health and social measures for self-protection and to protect loved ones, as well as to […]

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Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items on Health, 31st December 2021

Global Fund Signs a Record-breaking $8.54 Billion in Grants to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria. NAFDAC approves AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in Nigeria. FEC approves N3bn for NCDC lab equipment. Resident Doctors Begin Nationwide Strike Over Welfare Issues. WHO to stop funding polio eradication in Nigeria, Africa by 2022. Afreximbank begins African Medical Centre […]

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Thought Leadership Series

2021 in Review – COVID-19 Still in View and Refocusing on Pressing Health Issues

From new and emerging health challenges occasioned by everchanging socioeconomic conditions, to dynamic shifts in healthcare delivery, 2021 has been a year of new lessons learnt. The shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued to resonate around the world, effectively diverting global attention away from other health challenges that countries were facing. By January 31, […]

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Press Release

Celebrate Responsibly Campaign: NCDC Intensifies COVID19 Awareness Ahead of the Yuletide Season

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is launching its yuletide season campaign themed #CelebrateResponsibly as part of the #TakeResponsibility campaign which began in February 2020. #CelebrateResponsibly focuses specifically on measures Nigerians need to take to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19 during this period. The #CelebrateResponsibly campaign targets the entertainment industry, transport industry, […]

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Thought Leadership Series

#Hack4COVID19Waste: Hacking for COVID-19 Waste Management Solutions

By Gabriel Oke and Kenni Ndili (Lead Writers) As the fight against COVID-19 continues, a new problem has presented itself that if left unchecked may have long-lasting consequences for our world. Preventing and treating COVID-19 has created biomedical waste that must be disposed of safely. In countries like Nigeria, where proper waste management is already […]

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Torchlight Series

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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Thought Leadership Series

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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Thought Leadership Series

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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Thought Leadership Series

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 […]