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Torchlight Series

FCT Health Insurance Scheme: Redefining Ways to Target the “Missing Middle”

“Enrolling people into insurance schemes is not easy, considering the fact that you are asking people to come and pay for health when they are not sick” — Dr Ahmed Danfulani, Director/CEO FCT Health Insurance Scheme. Each country’s journey towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is very context specific and requires strategies that address the unique challenges posed […]

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Torchlight Series

Accelerating Progress Towards UHC in Nigeria: The Delta State Example

By Dara Ajala-Damisa and Kemisola Agbaoye (Lead Writers) For reasons ranging from lack of funds and conflicting needs, to long wait times and convoluted registration processes, the average Nigerian would rather self-medicate or go to the neighbourhood pharmacy or chemist when they feel unwell, than go to a doctor. Very few Nigerians can afford the […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Wetin be Universal Health Coverage?

In the push for global health reforms, no initiative has been as uniting as the call for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Governments view UHC as a means to gain political favour and through advocacy, citizens are being educated about their right to quality, accessible and affordable healthcare. In spite of the ongoing advocacy and sensitisation […]

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Top 10 Health News

Top Ten News Items On Health, 27th July 2018

Ebola outbreak in DRC ends: WHO calls for international efforts to stop other deadly outbreaks in the country. Over 5,000 Nigerian doctors working in South Africa – Envoy. FG explains delay in implementation of National Tobacco Control Act.  FDA approves new single dose malaria drug. Cholera claims 186 lives in 6 months – NCDC. We are committed […]

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Health Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Lost in the Debate: Five questions no one is asking about the National Health Insurance Scheme in Nigeria

As the debate rages on regarding the return of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), after his suspension by the Honourable Minister of Health, the discussion is focused on the political intrigues rather than the heart of the issue. Much commentary has been written, breakfast shows have debated his return, yet […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Am I my brother’s keeper? Why Universal Health Coverage begins with You

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Obinnia Abajue, CEO Hygeia HMO Limited, a Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) based in Lagos. The article is a synopsis of Abajue’s riveting talk at the 2017 Future of Health Conference themed “The Business of Health,” where he argued the case for Health Insurance Coverage. He noted […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Can the NHIS be a vehicle to achieve UHC in Nigeria?

Over the last few months, the NHIS leadership, function, and processes have come under a lot of scrutiny, creating a great deal of public discourse amidst controversy. Much of the controversy had to do with what the NHIS and its stakeholders (including HMOs and service providers) have NOT done to ensure that every Nigerian is […]