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Thought Leadership Series

Halting future pandemics: A call for a strong government preparedness plan

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in partnership with the Ministry of Health has been leading the response against COVID-19 with the support of other stakeholders. As of 9th August 2020, Nigeria had recorded 46,577 confirmed cases, 33,186 discharged cases, and 945 deaths from COVID-19. Government agencies are implementing different facets of the response with the Presidential […]

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Thought Leadership Series

#PreventEpidemicsNaija: Funding streams for a stronger Nigerian response to epidemics

By Aloysius Ugwu and Olubunmi Oyebanji (Lead Writers) The #PreventEpidemicsNaija dialogue seeks to set the pace for increased dialogue across all levels of government and private sector to create partnerships, synergy and collaboration to finance investments that will strengthen Nigeria’s epidemic preparedness and response capacity for public health emergencies. Funding drives improvements in healthcare systems […]

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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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Torchlight Series

Courage in the midst of fear; How Kano contained its current Lassa Fever outbreak

It was the last day of 2019. Everyone, including health workers at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), the largest healthcare facility in Kano State, looked forward to the New Year. Salamatu, a 28-year-old woman, 38 weeks pregnant, arrived at the Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) unit on referral from Standard Hospital, a private hospital where she attended […]

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Covid19 Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Four pics, One Health: Can a joint “Approach” protect Nigeria from emerging disease outbreaks?

Editor’s Note: The novel Coronavirus has taken centre stage as the virus spreads from China into other parts of the world and from animal-human to human to human infection. This brings to light the critical importance of understanding how animal health influences the spread of epidemics globally. In this week’s Thought Leadership piece, Dr. Ibrahim […]

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Infectious Disease Thought Leadership Series

While we were sleeping: Is Nigeria prepared for the next big global epidemic?

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Dr. Ibrahim Mamadu, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO Nigeria. He asks whether Nigeria is prepared with its population of 200 million people to detect, respond and prevent possible epidemic outbreaks and analyses what the country needs to do, to guarantee the health security of the population. I […]

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Infectious Disease Torchlight Series

Next Generation Disease Detectives: The institutions training future Nigerian leaders to fight epidemics

The global health community received an important announcement on the 29th October 2019 – the beginning of the first-ever human trial for a possible Lassa fever vaccine. This move was championed by Themis Biomedicals and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), but the process leading up to this achievement started long ago. In January […]

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Health Torchlight Series

A Chill on Disease: Gricd Frij, a homegrown solution to Nigeria’s Cold Chain Constraints

When Oghenetega Iortm, CEO of GRICD, a cold chain and logistics company spoke at the 2019 Health Watch Forum in Abuja themed “Prevent Epidemics: Immunise,” he focused on challenges facing distribution of vaccines maintaining the right temperature in Nigeria and strategies to address them. But inside their production hub located in the Ikosi area of […]

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Infectious Disease Thought Leadership Series

Your meat could be killing You: Nigeria’s unhealthy Abattoirs

Editor’s Note: The Nigeria Health Watch team recently visited abattoirs in Suleja and Dei-Dei, to learn how they are managed and tease out public health lessons that Nigeria needs to consider in order to safeguard its citizens from infectious diseases.  Suleja, Niger State, is a populous, cosmopolitan town on the outskirts of Abuja, the nation’s […]

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Press Release

NCDC PARTNERS WITH RESOLVE TO SAVE LIVES (RTSL) TO PREVENT EPIDEMICS IN NIGERIA

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has formally launched its collaboration with Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL), an initiative of Vital Strategies. RTSL is a global public health initiative that works with governments to implement strategies for epidemic prevention and improved national health security. Since 2017, RTSL has supported key areas of work carried […]

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Infectious Disease Thought Leadership Series

Lassa Fever: Why the Nigerian government should fund disease diagnostics for epidemic preparedness

Editor’s Note: Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli is a 2019 #PreventEpidemicsNaija Fellow at Nigeria Health Watch. In this piece she writes about a doctor whose Lassa Fever diagnosis was mis-handled and why funding disease diagnostics is critical for Nigeria’s health security efforts.  Thinking about death might have felt uncomfortable and scary but after a few weeks of being […]