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Polio Torchlight Series

Getting to 100 percent: Enugu’s fight to maintain its polio free status

Veronica Asogwa is a petty trader in Abakpa Nike, one of the largest suburbs in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria. When the state announced the commencement of the sub-national polio vaccination campaign on January 17, 2020, Asogwa, 37, prepared to take her two-year-old son, Emeka, to a vaccination centre a few kilometres from where she lives […]

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Sustaining the tempo; How Kano is succeeding in its fight against Polio

As the early morning harmattan wind blew through the crowded Fagge area of Kano, about thirty people, mostly women, gathered inside the Galadima Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Fagge C ward. In teams of three, they prepared to collect vials containing Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) from the PHC, as they would each morning for the […]

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Immunisation Thought Leadership Series

When Gavi came to visit Nigeria

A welcome visit from Gavi As 2019 wound down to its close and holiday plans were being made, arrangements were also being made for a high-level visit of Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and his team to Nigeria. This was a much-welcomed visit- as it comes after a dark period that saw […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Partnership to strengthen immunisation; The Kano State model

“It was a hectic day, we had a fixed immunisation session in Gachi village,” says Umar Alhassan, a Routine Immunisation (RI) provider as he arrives in Wudil town on his motorbike with two coolers he uses to carry vaccines from the Wudil Primary Health Centre (PHC). Gachi is a settlement in Wudil Local Government Area […]

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Health

Lessons from Kaduna: improving immunisation coverage through local emergency coordination centres

In the last three decades, the world has gone through a long and tough road in the push to eradicate the crippling wild poliovirus disease. From more than 350,000 cases across 125 countries in 1988, the disease has been reduced to 33 cases in only two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan, by the end of 2018. Nigeria, […]

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Polio Thought Leadership Series

Nigeria: The long crawl to polio eradication - Op-Ed

Editor’s Note: Today’s piece is an OpEd from renowned Virologist and Chair of Nigeria Expert Review Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication and Routine Immunisation, Prof. Oyewale Tomori. This World Immunisation Week, he explores Nigeria’s long road towards polio eradication and gives insights into exactly how far we still have to go before we can confidently assert […]

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Health Torchlight Series

A “best buy” for child health in Nigeria: The Case for Immunisation

“I know that immunisation is important and obviously I want the best for my child, but the schedules are quite confusing, especially as I do not have anyone explain what the different ‘drugs’ are for. The nurses are too busy to answer my questions or remind me when to come for the immunisation after I’ve […]