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Torchlight Series

Achieving a Minimum Service Package in Primary Health Care: The Kano State Roadmap

Over the years, Nigeria has developed various initiatives aimed at improving Primary Health Care (PHC) delivery in the country. One of such initiatives was the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) programme, launched in 2011 and designed to improve primary healthcare services through the integration of all PHC services delivered under one authority. The Minimum […]

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Community Health Watch

We have a health facility, but no health workers: Ashuwa community cries out.

In 2012, a Primary Health Centre (PHC)) was built for the people of Ashuwa community, a rural community in Magama Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. This was a welcome development as, for the first time ever, they were able to access their healthcare needs with ease. Before the PHC was built, community members […]

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Community Health Watch

The Women of Yar Gaya Community Deserve to Give Birth in Dignity

Yar Gaya Primary Health Centre (PHC) is a health facility in Yar Gaya community in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State. Established 42 years ago, the PHC is plagued by so many challenges that it now only provides skeletal services, leaving community members with no option but to travel long distances in […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Keeping Professor Ransome-Kuti’s Dream Alive: Re-imagining Primary Health Care in Nigeria

By Bashar Abubakar and Ibukun Oguntola (Lead Writers) There is global consensus for countries to have a strong health system that is resilient and responsive to the healthcare needs of its people. However, any efforts to strengthen health systems must begin at primary health care level, as it is the foundation of a nation’s healthcare […]

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Community Health Watch

Here’s why The Government Should Renovate Saidu Namaska Primary Health Centre

For any person seeking to ascertain how well a Primary Health Centre (PHC) operates, the best people to speak to are the health workers in the facility, as well as the patients, preferably pregnant women, who use it more frequently than other community members. Wasila Bala is a health worker at Saidu Namaska PHC in […]

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Torchlight Series

WASH in PHCs – How Fulfilling Evidence Gaps Contributes to Improved Policy and Practice

By Oguntola Ibukun & Dara Ajala-Damisa Nigeria is among the countries where about 17% of health care facilities had no access to a water source as at 2019. A 2019 joint WHO/UNICEF report showed that worldwide, 896 million people use health care facilities with no water supply and 1.5 billion people use facilities with no […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Rural Communities Also Deserve Quality Healthcare: Spotlight on Maito and Bankogi PHCs, Niger State

“I attended all my antenatal at the health facility”, said Aisha Alhassan, a resident of Maito community narrating her experience at the Maito Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State (LGA). “However, when I started labor around 5 am, the facility was closed. No health worker was present. We were […]

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Community Health Watch

Nuwonkta PHC: A Shadow of a Health Facility

Nuwonkota is an agrarian community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. The community has a Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) which provides healthcare services to the people. The PHC has however been in a bad shape for several years. According to Umar Aliyu, the in-charge of the PHC, the facility lacks essential infrastructure […]

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Community Health Watch

Gwarjiko PHC in Niger State Needs Rehabilitation, Mediciness and More Health Workers

Gwarjiko Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in Gwarjiko community, Wushishi Local Government Area (LGA) in Niger State has several challenges. Even though the PHC has staff quarters, which are not often found in health facilities of this kind, the health facility suffers from poor infrastructure and lack of essential medicines. According to Abdullahi Muhammad, who is […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Primary Health Care in Nigeria: Progress, Challenges and Collaborating for Transformation

Health is a human right and everyone, irrespective of location or socioeconomic status has a right to healthcare at their point of need. For a heavily populated country like Nigeria where there are income inequalities, there is a need to examine the healthcare system through the lens of health equity, which is accessible, affordable, and […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Assessment of WASH services in FCT and Niger State PHCs reveals huge gaps

By Atinuke Akande-Alegbe and Bashar Abubakar (Lead Writers) Healthcare, according to the Alma-Ata declaration of 1978, is a basic human right of all people regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The declaration went further to identify primary health care as a gateway to achieving optimal healthcare for all. Primary health care is so important that […]

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Diaspora Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Ten Big Promises Made by the Nigerian Minister of Health

It is always welcome when leaders make clear and explicit promises in terms of what they seek to achieve during their tenure in office. Since his appointment as Minister of Health in November, Professor Isaac Adewole has not held back on the promises. In doing this, he has fulfilled his side of the bargain, setting […]