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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Urgent Public Service Announcement: Product withdrawal to save the sight of our children

Early in September 2015, in Yobe State in Nigeria, a three-week old baby was brought to a doctor with corneal ulceration leading to immediate blindness. The doctor took a detailed history, and the only possible cause that he could find was the use of what the mother described as “eye drops”, given to her as part […]

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Inside a Nigerian IDP camp – a Public Health Perspective

A few weeks ago, my colleague Chioma and I volunteered with Pro Health International to provide free medical care for IDPs in three camps in Abuja. Pro Health International provides “quality and quantitative health care and hope to the poor and less privileged in rural areas of Africa at little or no cost to the […]

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Africa Diaspora Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Waiting for the promised Change in the Health Sector

This piece is contributed by Remi Adeseun. Remi is a pharmacist and health sector entrepreneur, Chairman of Rodot Nigeria Limited (a Medical Devices/Water Technology and Healthcare Consulting Company) and Founder/President HEWS Foundation. He is an important thought leader in the Nigerian health sector. On the eve of the change of government, the All Progressives Congress […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Nigeria interrupts Polio, but the fight is not over

Nigeria is about to cross an important milestone in its fight to eradicate polio. July 24th will mark one year since the last polio case was recorded in the country. Nigeria Health Watch team member Ifeanyi Nsofor reflects on the effort it has taken to get us here and what it will take to maintain […]

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Defining the Health Sector of our Dreams in Nigeria – Future of Health Conference 2015

On Thursday June 18 2015, Nigeria Health Watch invites you to join health professionals, health enthusiasts, government agencies and the media to articulate our hopes and aspirations for the Nigerian health sector following the historic 2015 presidential elections. We will do so at a conference titled ‘The Future of Health’. The conference will hold at […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Person of the Year

We rarely have much to celebrate in the health sector, and broadly this is still the case. The fundamental reform that the sector requires to meet the health needs of the Nigerian people is yet to happen. It requires political courage, not something this government has demonstrated much of. However for the first time in […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

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 […]