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A Wearable Reminder: Prompting Caregivers to Stick to Vaccination Schedules in Kano State

By Chibuike Alagboso and Ikemefuna Igwe (Lead writers) Gandirwawa Primary Health Centre (PHC) is in Minjibir Local Government Area (LGA) which is 42 kilometres from Kano city in Kano State. Located on an expanse of land the size of almost four football fields, the PHC is usually bustling with activity: children running around, as their […]

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Thought Leadership Series

African Vaccination Week 2022: Equitable Vaccine Access can Help Build Resilient Communities

By Folakemi Ajala (Lead Writer) From the old (smallpox) to the new (COVID-19), for centuries, vaccines have helped save and promote healthier lives for people of all ages. In the last 2 decades, major gains in the development and production of vaccines have helped prevent more than 20 life-threatening diseases. Africa was declared wild poliovirus-free […]

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Maintaining Nigeria’s Wild Poliovirus-Free Status: A Critical Step for Long Life for All

By Onyinye Oranezi and Thelma Chioma Abeku (Lead Writers) The launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) a little over three decades ago, which birthed the drive for a polio free world has resulted in significant health advances. Indeed, before the COVID-19 pandemic, polio eradication hinted at what the world could accomplish by working […]

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Last Mile Delivery: How Borno State is reaching children in conflict zones with routine immunisation services

Maina Modu is the programme manager for Routine Immunisation in Borno State, working with the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA). He coordinates the state emergency routine immunisation coordination centre activities. Borno State’s routine immunisation emergency coordination centre is nestled at Maiduguri’s Maman Shuwa Memorial Hospital, in the Polio Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). Modu […]

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Thought Leadership Series

‘E nor dey, come tomorrow’ – How vaccine stock-outs affect routine immunisation rates

Vaccines administered on the Nigerian National Immunisation schedule are free, right? Ewomazino disagrees. She had given birth to lovely twin boys and the expenses started to pile up almost immediately, often threatening to overshadow the joys that usually accompany the birth of a child. At birth, immunisation for her boys cost her 50,000 naira per […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Nigeria is wild poliovirus free. What next?

On August 25, 2020 Nigeria and the African continent received what was undoubtedly cheering news amid a very turbulent year — the country and the continent are officially wild poliovirus free. Nigeria waited with bated breath for the past four years when the last wild poliovirus case was recorded in Borno state, North-east Nigeria. It was a […]

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Health

UniPort Teaching Hospital ensures safe deliveries and immunisation despite COVID-19

After six months of anxiety, panic and unrest as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical doctors at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) have treated and discharged the last patient in the hospital’s isolation centre.  Records from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, as at the time of publication, show that Rivers […]

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Covid19 Torchlight Series

Nuhu Bammali Maternity: Sustaining immunisation gains in Kano despite COVID-19

Nuhu Bammali Maternity Hospital is a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Yakasai Ward, Kano Municipal area council in Kano state. The facility provides maternity care services to pregnant and breastfeeding women, including antenatal and postnatal care and delivery. The hospital also provides child health services such as immunisation. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with Kano being […]

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Polio Torchlight Series

Getting to 100 percent: Enugu’s fight to maintain its polio free status

Veronica Asogwa is a petty trader in Abakpa Nike, one of the largest suburbs in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria. When the state announced the commencement of the sub-national polio vaccination campaign on January 17, 2020, Asogwa, 37, prepared to take her two-year-old son, Emeka, to a vaccination centre a few kilometres from where she lives […]

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Sustaining the tempo; How Kano is succeeding in its fight against Polio

As the early morning harmattan wind blew through the crowded Fagge area of Kano, about thirty people, mostly women, gathered inside the Galadima Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Fagge C ward. In teams of three, they prepared to collect vials containing Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) from the PHC, as they would each morning for the […]

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Immunisation Thought Leadership Series

When Gavi came to visit Nigeria

A welcome visit from Gavi As 2019 wound down to its close and holiday plans were being made, arrangements were also being made for a high-level visit of Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and his team to Nigeria. This was a much-welcomed visit- as it comes after a dark period that saw […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

From land to sea: Improving maternal and child health access in Lagos State

Ensuring that people everywhere have access to affordable, quality healthcare at the point of need, is an imperative that requires urgent action. Access is one of the three important components of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The global health and development community marked UHC Day on December 12, bringing attention to the important role of quality […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Partnership to strengthen immunisation; The Kano State model

“It was a hectic day, we had a fixed immunisation session in Gachi village,” says Umar Alhassan, a Routine Immunisation (RI) provider as he arrives in Wudil town on his motorbike with two coolers he uses to carry vaccines from the Wudil Primary Health Centre (PHC). Gachi is a settlement in Wudil Local Government Area […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Hand in Hand: Collaboration for better maternal health in Gombe

How do you get women in rural areas to discard harmful traditional maternal health practices and adopt the practice of going to health facilities for antenatal care and delivery? One approach is to give them the opportunity to understand the problems posed by the harmful practices and supporting them to come up with the solutions […]