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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

Fragile progress at the brink - COVID-19 and the Nigerian health sector

“Waves keep coming, that’s the one thing you can count on in life” — Gerry Lopez Following the easing of the lockdown restrictions, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect storm that runs the risk of worsening many of the already poor health indicators in Nigeria. From transport restrictions, to anxiety among health care […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Let your votes build Nigeria’s Health Sector in 2019: #Vote4HealthNaija

“My name is Amos Nathan, I am making a creative statement, vote for health Naija” When Mr. Nathan made this statement, just outside the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, people around him burst into laughter, possibly because of the frankness of his comment. Having spoken his mind, he walked away oblivious of the […]

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Thought Leadership Series UHC

Health is Primary and Universal: Priorities for Nigeria’s Health Sector in 2019

2019 in Nigeria is going to be quite a significant year, given the hotly contested presidential election taking place on February 16th and the governorship elections on March 2nd. For those of us in the health sector, it is important that we continue to champion health as an election issue. As a Nigerian citizen, as […]

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Diaspora Events Health Health Policy Nigeria

Making our Voices Count: Active Citizenship for Health

We can see from other sectors in Nigeria, how active citizenship is driving change. From the elections, to the increased responsiveness of government in various sectors, Nigerians are finding their voices and using it. Most sectors are recognising this, even the Nigerian Police Force has recently set up a Complaint Response Unit. So, why is […]

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Africa Diaspora Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Special Announcement: Introducing the “Health Leadership Academy”

The Health Leadership Academy has a bold vision to transform healthcare in Africa by developing a generation of healthcare leaders who will excel in governance and provision of quality services. Its programmes will enable healthcare leaders and policymakers to expand into their roles, transform organisational cultures and create an enduring impact on health sector strengthening. […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Three reasons Strikes will continue in Nigeria’s Health Sector

No part of public service in Nigeria has experienced more strikes than the health sector. Right now, public tertiary hospitals in Nigeria are struggling to get back to life after another series of strikes. The University College Hospital, Ibadan, was crippled for 108 days by a strike called by the Association of Resident Doctors. At […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Universal Health Coverage – President Buhari’s opportunity to become a national hero

This week’s guest blog comes from Robert Yates, an internationally recognized expert on progressive health financing. He works for Chatham House, the international affairs “Think-tank” based in London. He was one of the speakers at the Future of Health Conference held on June 18 in Abuja. Far from being a lame-duck, Barack Obama is having […]

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Africa Diaspora Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Waiting for the promised Change in the Health Sector

This piece is contributed by Remi Adeseun. Remi is a pharmacist and health sector entrepreneur, Chairman of Rodot Nigeria Limited (a Medical Devices/Water Technology and Healthcare Consulting Company) and Founder/President HEWS Foundation. He is an important thought leader in the Nigerian health sector. On the eve of the change of government, the All Progressives Congress […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Nigeria interrupts Polio, but the fight is not over

Nigeria is about to cross an important milestone in its fight to eradicate polio. July 24th will mark one year since the last polio case was recorded in the country. Nigeria Health Watch team member Ifeanyi Nsofor reflects on the effort it has taken to get us here and what it will take to maintain […]

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Africa Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Defining the Health Sector of our Dreams in Nigeria – Future of Health Conference 2015

On Thursday June 18 2015, Nigeria Health Watch invites you to join health professionals, health enthusiasts, government agencies and the media to articulate our hopes and aspirations for the Nigerian health sector following the historic 2015 presidential elections. We will do so at a conference titled ‘The Future of Health’. The conference will hold at […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Person of the Year

We rarely have much to celebrate in the health sector, and broadly this is still the case. The fundamental reform that the sector requires to meet the health needs of the Nigerian people is yet to happen. It requires political courage, not something this government has demonstrated much of. However for the first time in […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

The Neglected

In continuation of our series of visits aimed at bringing some of the interesting healthcare interventions in Nigeria to the public, Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor and Adaobi Ezeokoli of the EpiAFRIC team recently joined The Leprosy Mission Nigeria (TLMN) during their visit to the Leprosy Referral Hospital, Chanchaga, and Community in Kampani, Minna, Chanchaga LGA, Niger […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

On World AIDS Day, we remember our Brother OMOLOLU FALOBI

It was World AIDS Day yesterday. We debated about writing a piece about the size of the epidemic, which at over 3 million cases in Nigeria is the second largest on the continent. Also there are over 500,000 on treatment, almost all donor-funded. We considered writing about the tragic situation of continued mother to child […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Why is no one talking about these three big challenges the Nigerian health sector is facing?

The National Health Bill For the second time since he became president, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has the chance to sign a new National Health Bill into law, which would help set the legal basis for urgently needed changes in the health sector around funding, access and delineation of responsibilities between the different tiers of […]