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A new Regional Director, Matshidiso Moeti, brings Hope to the World Health Organisation in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently appointed Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as the new Regional Director for WHO’s Africa Region (WHO AFRO) succeeding Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, who had served as Regional Director for the last 10 years. She is being thrown right in at the deep end with an ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus […]

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Mass Hysteria in the West and the real Problem next Door

This blog was inspired by a conversation with my friend and colleague Dr Kelechi Ohiri while we watched some of the media coverage of the Ebola outbreak on cable news channels, while acutely aware of our own reality in “West Africa”. We recently heard the story of some Korean businessmen cancelling their trip to Nairobi […]

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The Devils We Know

This post was contributed by Iruka N. Okeke – a Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Haverford College in the USA. Her book, Divining without seeds; the case for strengthening laboratory medicine in Africa, is a must read for anyone really interested in the field of infectious diseases. As we begin to pat ourselves on the back […]

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Heroes in Health

A hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her brave deeds and noble qualities. A health system is incomplete without the people who toil daily to provide care and ensure reduction in illnesses and deaths. We call them health workers, and they are the single most important component of any health […]

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Seven out of ten Nigerians not confident in Capacity of their local Hospitals to manage Ebola

We will be surprised if there is a Nigerian out there that has not yet heard about the Ebola virus. It’s on Radio, TV, Facebook, Twitter. There are jokes, rumours of cures and miracles and, sadly, a few real deaths. Our government has responded by providing daily updates. State governments all over the country are […]

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Five inconvenient Truths that the Ebola Outbreak has revealed

  As at the 18th of August 2014, there are 11 confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria and 4 deaths. About 190 contacts of cases are still under surveillance. A new isolation ward with a 40-bed capacity is now functional at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba. Things are not looking too bad. It is too early to […]

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Hospitals at the Frontline of the Ebola Response

Hospitals have been at the heart of the spread of the Ebola virus from the first outbreak ever reported; but they are also at the heart of successful responses. A few days ago the Director of the CDC in the US said that the chances of the Ebola Virus spreading the US were virtually “zero”, […]

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Ebola in Nigeria: should we be worried?

Prologue We are putting up this post as a result of increasing demand for information on this disease. As of today, the 7th of August 2014 there have been 9 cases (2 probable, 7 suspect) on Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria and 2 deaths. All nine cases have been known primary contacts of the index […]

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Rumors of Ebola in Nigeria: the blind leading the blind?

The piece below was contributed by Anja Choon, who is joining the Nigeria Health Watch Team. The Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa is currently (i.e. in March and April of 2014) in the news. The information one gets in Nigeria is however worryingly little and vague, sometimes simply false. As early as 22 […]

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Memories and Hopes of South Sudan

Today is a special day – so we will make an exemption from our focus on health in Nigeria. Today, Africa adds a new independent country – South Sudan.The significance of this moment is difficult to describe. But sadly, very few of us Africans have had the chance to travel on the continent. South Sudan […]