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Polio Thought Leadership Series

Nigeria: The long crawl to polio eradication - Op-Ed

Editor’s Note: Today’s piece is an OpEd from renowned Virologist and Chair of Nigeria Expert Review Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication and Routine Immunisation, Prof. Oyewale Tomori. This World Immunisation Week, he explores Nigeria’s long road towards polio eradication and gives insights into exactly how far we still have to go before we can confidently assert […]

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NHW Events

Health Watch Forum 2019 – Prevent Epidemics: Immunise

Immunisation is key to preventing epidemics across the world. According to UNICEF, immunisation is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions to date, averting an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. The ‘Prevent Epidemics: Immunise’ forum was about how immunisation could help prevent disease outbreaks in Nigeria. The forum also addressed challenges […]

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Polio Thought Leadership Series

Is this Nigeria’s Last Lap to Polio Freedom?

In about six months, Nigeria will achieve what will arguably be one of her recent greatest public health achievements; being declared polio-free. The journey has been lengthy and tough, and required sustained efforts of all stakeholders; from frontline workers identifying and reporting cases in states like Kano and Niger, to volunteer community mobilisers ensuring every […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Remind Me: A tech solution to improve immunisation coverage in Nigeria  

If you make your way along the busy Herbert Macaulay road in densely populated Yaba, Lagos State, you may hardly notice the building housing the Co-Creation Hub (CCHub). The building looks like any other you may find in this high density part of Lagos, however the building houses the hub that has raised the profile […]

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MNCH Thought Leadership Series

How Community Leaders are Changing Maternal Health Outcomes in Northern Nigeria

Significant investment continues to be made to improve the health of women and children across Nigeria, especially in rural, disadvantaged locations. The necessity of investment is especially glaring in northern Nigeria, where maternal mortality rates are particularly high relative to the rest of the country. A deal of effort has been made to improve maternal […]

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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 Torchlight Series

A “best buy” for child health in Nigeria: The Case for Immunisation

“I know that immunisation is important and obviously I want the best for my child, but the schedules are quite confusing, especially as I do not have anyone explain what the different ‘drugs’ are for. The nurses are too busy to answer my questions or remind me when to come for the immunisation after I’ve […]

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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 […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

We must focus on pneumonia if we want to reduce preventable child deaths in Nigeria

Six days ago, the world marked World Pneumonia Day, with the aim of drawing global attention to the number one killer of children under the age of five years. We invited our colleague Francis Ohanyido who devotes most of his time to this disease to offer our community his perspective on this disease. He has […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Spread of polio from Pakistan leads WHO to declare public health emergency; is Nigeria next?

In recent years, the threat of polio has risen in Pakistan, where Taliban militants have targeted health workers administering the vaccine. When the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, speaks about the violence in North East Nigeria, he often refers to Pakistan as a country facing a similar threat. As the violence escalates in NE Nigeria, and […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Polio in Nigeria – An emerging success story

Vaccinations are celebrated as one of the miracles of modern medicine. In the past 50 years, it has saved more lives worldwide than any other medical product or procedure.The development of the polio vaccines led to the first modern mass vaccination campaigns. The global effort to eradicate polio began in 1988, and as of 2010, […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Voter Registration vs Immunization cards: Missed opportunities in Nigeria

by ndubuisi edeogaWe are all still lamenting the use of our money for frivolous independence celebrations. Now we are stuck with the bill for the voter’s registration touted to be the “MOST EXPENSIVE” in the world, see here. Compare the cost of voter registration in India,one of the so-called emerging economies. According to a publication […]