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Community Health Watch

The Women in Unguwar Duniya Deserve Access to Quality Maternal Care

Pregnant women in some rural communities in Nigeria continue to suffer from the lack of adequate and quality maternal care due to lack of access to a healthcare facility or, where there is a healthcare facility, it often lacks the basic amenities to enable it function effectively. Pregnant women in Unguwar Duniya community, in Dawaki […]

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Community Health Watch

Warawa Primary Health Center: This is What Happens When Government Steps Up

Like every Primary Health Center (PHC), Warawa PHC in Warawa Local Government Area of Kano State exists to cater for the health needs of the residents of Warawa community and its environs. A few years ago, the entire PHC was renovated, courtesy of the Kano State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (KSCHMA) as a result, […]

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Community Health Watch

Tungan Habu Primary Health Centre: A Human Right Violation

Tungan Habu is a rural community in Madara ward of Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State. The community has a Primary Health Centre (PHC) that serves more than 10 other communities, however health workers at the PHC are grappling with so many facility-related challenges that its hampering their ability to effectively do their job. […]

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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

Inadequate Antenatal and Family Planning Commodities at Maternal and Child Health Clinic, Gwada

Maternal and Child Health Clinic (MCH) Gwada is the only government owned primary health centre (PHC) in Gwada community of Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. MCH Gwada was designed to provide maternal and child health services to this and other neighbouring communities. But, owing to the consistent lack of antenatal medications and […]

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Torchlight Series

Beji Primary Health Centre: Leveraging the Basic Health Care Provision Fund to Improve Service Delivery

“We received one million naira from October 2020 to February 2022”, said Halima Musa, the officer in charge of Beji Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Bosso Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. Proudly pointing out the facility’s solar-powered underground borehole and tank, Musa explained that a part of the funds was used to fix […]

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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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Torchlight Africa

Community Health Workers as the Backbone of Primary Healthcare Delivery: Rwanda’s Approach

Health care should be equitable. This means it must be accessible to anyone, regardless of social class, or place of residence. For a pregnant woman dwelling either in the hills of Rwanda, or in the deserts of Niger Republic, comprehensive antenatal care and support is very important. The work of providing critical care to women […]

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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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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

Oloibiri to Abuja: Sustainable People-centered investments in primary and tertiary care

A blue Toyota Corolla pulled to a stop inside the hospital premises and a middle-aged woman helped a frail young boy into the outpatient unit. She approached the nursing station with a distressed look on her face. A member of staff from the hospital took the boy into the nursing station to attend to him. […]

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Thought Leadership Series UHC

Destination Universal Health Coverage: Could PPPs be the vehicle to get us there?

The best stories of growth in Nigeria have been private sector driven – whether it is in telecommunications, financial services or in infrastructure. So, why have we not felt the impact of the private sector in the health sector, especially on the frontlines of primary health care (PHC)? Almost everyone in Nigeria has directly or […]