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Nutrition Torchlight Series

Partnerships for better nutrition in Kaduna State: The Alive & Thrive Model

Malnutrition is a direct or underlying cause of 45% of all deaths of under-five children, and Nigeria has the second highest burden of stunted children in the world, with an estimated 2 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Only two out of every 10 children affected is currently reached with treatment. Only 17% […]

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Nutrition Torchlight Series

A Different Kind of Charity; Empowering Orphanages to Fight Malnutrition in the FCT

Orphanages are not uncommon in Nigeria and across different parts of the globe. The United Nations Convention on the rights of the child makes it clear that a child has the right to care and protection if they are adopted or in foster care. It also stipulates that a child has the right to special […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Nutrition agents increase demand for CMAM services in Borno

No mother ever wants to face the tough choices many mothers in conflict zones, like Borno have to face on a daily basis. The struggle for survival, keeping a severely malnourished child alive, while at the same time struggling for their own survival, knowing that the treatment that will keep their child alive will also […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Peanuts, Millet, Beans: simple foods helping to stem Kano’s malnutrition crisis

Two-year-old Umar is in his mother Saratu’s arms, a playful boy. She says he was not always this healthy, and that just over six months ago, “His spinal cord was showing like a tree, he could not sit or stand and whenever I needed to carry him on my back, I had to tie him […]

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Thought Leadership Series

#FeedNaijaPikin: Moving the malnutrition movement from advocacy to action

Agwa; Eforiro; Acha; Ikire; Yalo; Anyara; Bitter leaf, Millet… the list is endless. No, this is not a cooking class and we are not about to share a recipe for a meal. On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Nigeria Health Watch organized a health policy dialogue on nutrition with the title, “Our Nutrition Crisis: Considering Local […]

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Torchlight Series Visits to Health Projects

Defying the odds, one nutritious meal at a time: The Story of Yalwa

Sitting in a small room outside the chief’s residence in the tiny village of Yalwa in Jigawa State, a group of Fulani women have gathered to chat. A fair-skinned boy, about a year old, is in his mother’s arms, smiling and kicking around with both his hands and feet. He has adorably chubby cheeks and […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Misery in the midst of plenty: Can knowledge undo Nigeria’s malnutrition tragedy?

In September, as part of a campaign to highlight the issues around malnutrition amongst children under 5 in Nigeria, Nigeria Health Watch published a blog piece titled, “#FeedNaijaPikin: The fight to invest in Nigeria’s future flagbearers.” Our aim was and still is to raise awareness about why malnutrition needs to be dealt with if our […]