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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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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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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 […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Immunisation Protects Our Herd: Nigeria Health Watch Forum 2019

Immunisation is a clear success story and its value in preventing and curtailing infectious diseases cannot be overemphasised. It prevents an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths annually. What does immunisation have to do with preventing epidemics in Nigeria? Everything. In June 2017, Nigeria conducted a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess the country’s capacity […]

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Infectious Disease Torchlight Series

Isolate & Cure: Katsina could stop spread of outbreaks with isolation centres

A one-year-old child with suspected measles is lying in one of the small rooms outside the emergency paediatric unit of the General Hospital, close to the Emir’s palace in Katsina city. He was brought in two days ago and is surrounded by his mother and two other relatives. The boy is just one of the many […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Preparing for the next Epidemic: Key Takeways from ASLM 2018

The need for strong public health institutes, disease surveillance systems and increased funds for epidemics preparedness were key takeaways from the 4th Biennial International Conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM). ASLM 2018 convened laboratory scientists, clinicians, healthcare workers, health economists and health technology company representatives from across Africa and the globe in Nigeria […]