Health Torchlight Series

Driven by traditional leaders, a “magic” ointment is preventing deaths in newborns: A story from Sokoto

Gagi community on the outskirts of Sokoto in Northern Nigeria is a settlement where everyone knows each other. Modern and traditional style buildings sit side by side.  People are gathered in groups in what is popularly known as ‘Majalisa’, or council on either side of the road, in between clusters of shops and houses. One […]

Health Thought Leadership Series

Neonatal Health: Are Nigeria’s newborns being left behind?

Hussein (not real name) was born preterm at 27 weeks, weighing about half a kilogram (0.5kg). Hussein’s mother did not get to see her son until 12 hours after his birth, and when she did, he was covered in tubes, fighting for his life in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with the help of […]