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Thought Leadership Series

Caesarean Sections in Nigeria – Thoughts, Belief Systems and Perceptions

Editor’s Note: If you bring up the topic of Caesarean Sections in many discussion circles, there is a likelihood you will encounter widely differing opinions. It is a topic usually charged with emotion and frequently approached with cultural, religious and traditional overtones. The Nigeria Health Watch team visited three states to better understand what women […]

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Torchlight Series

Nigeria’s maternity wards go digital to audit births

When Dr. Bello Olubenga started out his career as a gynaecologist at Maitama District Hospital in Abuja, helping mothers deliver healthy babies was his biggest motivation for putting in the long hours required for his job. This was not always the case, sometimes the hospital lost a mother or a baby. The common causes for […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Behind the 66%: Pathfinder International Initiative helps reduce maternal deaths in Cross River

No woman should die while giving life… These words took on a whole new meaning for me when I lost my sister-in-law a few hours after she gave birth to her third child. She died from excessive bleeding after delivery (postpartum hemorrhage) and although the hospital said that they had done all they could, I’ve […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

59: Great Lofty Heights Unattained

Editor’s Note: As Nigeria celebrates its 59th year of Independence, Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor reflects on Nigeria’s healthcare journey through the lens of an average 59-year-old Nigerian woman. Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor is Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch, a 2019 Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University and a Senior New […]

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Health Torchlight Series

The Ultimate #HealthMeetsTechNG Hack: Funding Healthcare with plastic waste

Where can you feel excited, anxious, inspired, passionate and enlightened, all within 72 hours? These were the emotions at the 2019 #HealthMeetsTechNG hackathon, held in Abuja, focused on finding solutions for maternal health in Nigeria. The three-day hackathon organised by EpiAFRIC and its partners was the third edition in the series of #HealthMeetsTechNG hackathons held […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Reducing maternal deaths: How one NGO is changing the narrative for new mothers in Ebonyi State

Lead Writers: Ugonna Ofonagoro, Michael Atima and McHenry Igwe It was a long drive to get to Odenigbo community in Ikwo Local Government Area (LGA), Ebonyi State. The untarred road was bumpy, full of potholes, and wound through thick vegetation on both sides, with only sparse signs of development the further we travelled. Odenigbo is […]

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“No woman must die giving life – making every maternal death count”

The “Giving Birth In Nigeria” project in Kebbi, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Lagos, Niger and the FCT is to understand why women die in pregnancy and birth. Lagos, April 12, 2019 – A consortium consisting of Africare, EpiAFRIC, and Nigeria Health Watch with support from MSD for Mothers is launching an 18-month project called “Giving Birth […]