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How active community case search transformed testing in Kano State

For several weeks, sixty-year-old Musa Danyadikko had been grappling with a strange fever and cough that had defied all known treatment. One day in June, sitting in his home in Gwarzo town, 75 kilometers north-west of Kano metropolis, he heard that public health officials from Kano had arrived at the palace of the District Head […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Polio – Nigeria's role in the final push

Every quarter, an Independent Monitoring Board assesses progress towards the attainment of a polio-free world. The Independent Monitoring Board was convened at the request of the World Health Assembly to monitor the plan to interrupt polio transmission globally by the end of this year 2012…yes end of 2012! This is 10 months away and clearly the eradication programme is not on track to […]

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Crisis in the health sector – but who cares?

We have spent the last few months in the Nigerian press quarrelling about “zoning”. Almost no airtime is given to the issues that challenge our country. The political landscape appears to be an issues free zone. Even at the best of times, health hardly makes it on the political agenda. I have often wondered what […]

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Bill Gates in Nigeria – lessons for us?

I have been following Bill Gates on Twitter for some time, and one recent “tweet” caught my eye. “Incredible trip to Nigeria – determined and getting closer to eradicating polio. Government, partners and Nigerians are committed and inspiring” Then I searched around a bit for more information on his trip to Nigeria….not too difficult! On […]