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Torchlight Series

Beyond a building: Overcoming Barriers to Accessing Primary Healthcare in Sauka Community

Water, electricity and good roads are some of the basic amenities every community needs to thrive, while health and education are the foundations of a productive society. Communities that lack these services often experience challenges as their absence slows down development. Indigenous communities in the Federal Capital Territory are amongst the most underserved in terms […]

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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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Community Health Watch

Nuwankosoma PHC: Nothing but an empty shell

Nuwankosoma Primary Health Center (PHC) in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State was built 20 years ago and there is no evidence that it has undergone any tangible renovation in that period. The PHC was built in the early 2000s to meet the health care needs of the people of Nuwankosoma community who […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Community Health Watch: Listening to the Voices of Community Members in Niger State to Improve Access to Primary Healthcare

In August 2021, Nigeria Health Watch initiated a community engagement project with the aim of monitoring and reporting on the state of healthcare delivery in rural communities around Nigeria. Primary healthcare is the bedrock of any health system, and the hope is that this project will enable the voices of community members to be heard, […]

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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

Improving Health Education - an Important Step to Achieving Universal Health Care in Nigeria

By Thelma Chioma Abeku & Aloysius Ugwu (Lead Writers) “Achieving equity in health care depends on equity in health education” — University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda. Since the global target of Health for All was declared in 1978, Primary Health Care (PHC) is universally recognized as the approach to achieving this goal. A primary health centre should […]

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Press Release

Nigeria Health Watch and Connected Development launch report on Primary Health Care and service delivery in Kano State

21 January, 2019 | Kano – Nigeria Health Watch and Connected Development launch report on primary healthcare and service delivery in Kano State Nigeria Health Watch and Connected Development launched a report on primary health care to advocate for improvements and greater accountability in the primary health care system in Nigeria. In order to show […]

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PHC Torchlight Series

A Brand New Maito: Renovated PHC caters to community health needs in Niger State

It is a dusty Tuesday morning in Maito village, typical of the early harmattan season. Men and women carrying farm equipment walk on either side of the small road that divides the village into two. The rainy season has ended, and the villagers are busy harvesting. Not so for Malam Aliyu Bala, who has to […]

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PHC Torchlight Series

A Tale of Two PHCs in Niger State: Accessing Equitable Healthcare From Beji to Maito

Beji village, Bosso Local Government Area (LGA), in Niger State is an agrarian community, 30 kilometres from the state capital, Minna. Renowned for the huge yams produced in the town, Beji is also known for its popular cattle market, one of the biggest in the state. Mrs. Halima Musa is the In-Charge at the Beji […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

The need for accountability for health in Nigeria’s political space – Op-Ed

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership Piece comes from Dr. Mike Adeyemi-Lawal, a professional in the area of health-systems strengthening. He highlights the need for political debates to include precise discussions about Nigeria’s health sector in light of the nation’s dire health indicators, arguing that accountability will provide benchmarks with which the performance of political […]

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Press Release

President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the flag off of the Primary Health Care Revitalisation Programme and commissioning of the Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre, Abuja, 10th January 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the flag off of the Primary Health Care Revitalisation Programme and commissioning of the Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre as a model primary health care centre, in Abuja, 10th January 2017. I am delighted to be here at this occasion to personally flag off one of the cardinal programmes of […]