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Covid19 Torchlight Series

Rayuwa Da Korona: How two local radio stations are responding to COVID-19 in Kano State

On April 11, 2020, exactly one month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Kano State confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case. In the same month, the state witnessed what was described as “mysterious” deaths, claiming hundreds of lives including the Emir of Rano and seven professors from Bayero University Kano (BUK). […]

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The importance of political will in the fight against COVID-19: The Rivers State Example

By Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi (Lead Writer) Queen Wisdom is a petty trader who had come to buy some food items for her business at the Rumuokoro Market in Port Harcourt. She was seen wearing a face mask. When she heard of the coronavirus outbreak from international news channels, she was skeptical, and she felt coronavirus won’t […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

The First 90 Days: How has Nigeria Responded to the COVID-19 Outbreak? #COVID19NaijaResponse

The first 90 days: How has Nigeria responded to the COVID-19 outbreak? #COVID19NaijaResponse – Chibuike Alagboso and Bashar Abubakar (Lead Writers) Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case, an Italian national on February 27, 2020. The virus, which originated from Wuhan in China at the end of 2019, has infected over six million people and led […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

#PreventEpidemicsNaija - Funding the COVID-19 Response in Nigeria

Beti Baiye & Dara Ajala Damisa (Lead Writers) When Nigeria Health Watch’s #PreventEpidemicsNaija project launched in October 2018 and started advocating for better funding for epidemic preparedness in Nigeria, sceptics may have thought that it was akin to the case of the boy who cried wolf. With the various pressing health needs Nigeria faces, it […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

When Time Stands Still: Responding to Nigeria’s COVID-19 Outbreak

Editor’s Note: Dr. Ibrahim Mamadu has been part of World Health Organisation (WHO) Nigeria’s team supporting the country’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria in several states, including Ogun, Katsina, and most recently, in Kano. In this Thought Leadership piece he documents his insights into the response and outlines lessons learned from […]

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Covid19 Infectious Disease Thought Leadership Series

COVID-19 Response in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Hybrid Approach is Needed - OpEd

The 2014 Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa wreaked havoc on a number of already fragile states — Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the peak, people were lying dead in the streets and in their homes. It felt like the end of the world. No country wants a repeat of that […]

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Start where you are: Lessons on community-led COVID-19 relief efforts

By Dr. Ron Ikpe (Guest Writer) It was a Wednesday morning just like any other, the date was the 13th of March 2019. They all woke up like all the other residents of Lagos, went through their morning routines and left for their day’s work. The children went to school, the traders went to market, […]