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Thought Leadership Series

Moving from advocacy to action in the fight against Malnutrition

The COVID-19 pandemic has not just exposed the fragile nature of the health systems of most developing countries, including Nigeria, but has worsened other related health issues in the country, including malnutrition. Malnutrition and other nutrition–related issues continue to be of public health concern in Nigeria, especially impacting women and children. According to UNICEF, “Malnutrition […]

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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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Nutrition Torchlight Series

NGOs join hands to tackle malnutrition in Benue’s IDP camps

The morning sun is rising at Abagana Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Benue state. Eunice Gabriel sits outside a classroom hall, peeling cassava with her neighbours. Each one she peels is dropped inside a container, to be processed. “Sometimes the government feeds us, other times, people come to donate food,” Gabriel, 38, said. “But right […]

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Nutrition Torchlight Series

Tackling the challenge of child malnutrition in simple ways: Kaduna State’s approach

It’s cold and dusty, a typical harmattan morning for the residents of Barnawa, a suburb of the city of Kaduna, in Kaduna South local government area. This morning, in front of the community’s Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), about 20 women sit around a table, seemingly unmindful of the cold and dust.  On the table, there […]

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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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Health Thought Leadership Series

Nigeria Health Watch: Stronger Together in 2017

As 2017 dawns, we at Nigeria Health Watch continue our advocacy for the health sector of Nigeria’s dreams with a deep sense of resolve and excitement to build on the momentum that we felt in 2016. We continue to strive to put health not only on the political agenda but also on the social agenda, to […]