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On World AIDS Day, we remember our Brother OMOLOLU FALOBI

It was World AIDS Day yesterday. We debated about writing a piece about the size of the epidemic, which at over 3 million cases in Nigeria is the second largest on the continent. Also there are over 500,000 on treatment, almost all donor-funded. We considered writing about the tragic situation of continued mother to child […]

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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

The Devils We Know

This post was contributed by Iruka N. Okeke – a Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Haverford College in the USA. Her book, Divining without seeds; the case for strengthening laboratory medicine in Africa, is a must read for anyone really interested in the field of infectious diseases. As we begin to pat ourselves on the back […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

We cannot be complacent about the NIGERIA TOBACCO CONTROL BILL

Unfortunately, public health issues rarely make headline news in Nigeria. Very few people know that there is an important bill – the NIGERIA TOBACCO CONTROL BILL currently going through the Senate. It has just gone through its second reading. The Bill seeks to regulate the manufacturing, advertising, distribution and consumption of tobacco products in Nigeria […]

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Demonizing Nigerian Doctors – an Agenda for Change

Reflecting on the recent doctors strike, and the threat by other health sector workers of further strikes, we took a fresh look at a piece that Ike Anya wrote 11 years ago, and were surprised how relevant it still is today! Judge for yourself….   Date first published 27/03/2003 In the past month or so, […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

SURE-P MCH: Fighting for the Life of every Mother and every Child

Following the feedback from our story on the work of Pro Health International, we realised that very little is known by many Nigerians on what is going on in various parts of the health sector in Nigeria. We will be visiting many of these projects and programmes in the next few months to bring these […]

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Africa Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

The largest medical Exhibition in West Africa, to hold in Lagos Oct 15 – 17

Next month, another edition of Medic West Africa will hold in Lagos. This event has grown to become the largest medical exhibition in West Africa, incorporating courses and conferences for medical professionals in Nigeria and beyond. Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health of Lagos State, calls it “the key platform for sharing knowledge and information” […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Heroes in Health

A hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her brave deeds and noble qualities. A health system is incomplete without the people who toil daily to provide care and ensure reduction in illnesses and deaths. We call them health workers, and they are the single most important component of any health […]

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Africa Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

MDGs: “Every Day counts, every Action counts, every Life counts”

We recently attended the “2014 Partners’ Forum” in Johannesburg, South Africa, together with about a thousand other colleagues from the public and private sectors who are working on maternal and child health, nutrition, education, gender and development. Our agenda was to discuss progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and generally take stock of progress […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Seven out of ten Nigerians not confident in Capacity of their local Hospitals to manage Ebola

We will be surprised if there is a Nigerian out there that has not yet heard about the Ebola virus. It’s on Radio, TV, Facebook, Twitter. There are jokes, rumours of cures and miracles and, sadly, a few real deaths. Our government has responded by providing daily updates. State governments all over the country are […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Five inconvenient Truths that the Ebola Outbreak has revealed

  As at the 18th of August 2014, there are 11 confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria and 4 deaths. About 190 contacts of cases are still under surveillance. A new isolation ward with a 40-bed capacity is now functional at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba. Things are not looking too bad. It is too early to […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Hospitals at the Frontline of the Ebola Response

Hospitals have been at the heart of the spread of the Ebola virus from the first outbreak ever reported; but they are also at the heart of successful responses. A few days ago the Director of the CDC in the US said that the chances of the Ebola Virus spreading the US were virtually “zero”, […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Ebola in Nigeria: should we be worried?

Prologue We are putting up this post as a result of increasing demand for information on this disease. As of today, the 7th of August 2014 there have been 9 cases (2 probable, 7 suspect) on Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria and 2 deaths. All nine cases have been known primary contacts of the index […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

An island of hope: Visiting the Obio Community Health Insurance Scheme

There have been many calls for universal health coverage recently. Nigeria is one of the signatories to the universal health coverage plan which states that citizens must be able to access health facilities without payment at the point of getting that service. One of the models through which this can be delivered is community health […]