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Thought Leadership Series

Lessons from Pathfinder Nigeria’s five decades of breaking boundaries in sexual and reproductive health

By Thelma Chioma Thomas and Onyinye Oranezi (Lead Writers) Pathfinder International started in Nigeria in 1965 when Dr. Clarence Gamble and his wife Sarah Gamble came to Nigeria in the hopes of laying a foundation for his work. Fifty-five years later, their journey has transformed lives and led to significant changes in Nigeria’s sexual and […]

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Torchlight Series

Lemonade from lemons: Survivor stands strong to end rape in Nigeria

One of the messages people circulate on social media and across the popular messaging platform WhatsApp is “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. The message is used to encourage people to remain determined in the face of challenges and if possible, find ways to turn the challenge into triumph. But for Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, […]

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SRHR Thought Leadership Series

Let’s talk about sex: What do Nigerian adolescents know about sexual reproductive health?

Editor’s Note: Nigeria Health Watch in collaboration with Education As A Vaccine (EVA) recently conducted two Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) in Nyanya and Kuje areas of the Federal Capital Territory, amongst adolescent. The objectives of the FGD was to gauge the perceptions of adolescents about sexual and reproductive health, identify the key issues they face […]

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SRHR Torchlight Series

Na we dey shake ground: Kuje’s youth run, youth-friendly clinic

Young people make up a significant proportion of Nigeria’s growing population and this demographic dividend could benefit the Nigerian economy if the potential of this young population is harnessed. They also hold the key to Nigeria’s development, but for this to happen, investment in their sexual health must be intentional. This is referred to as […]

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SRHR Thought Leadership Series

Antibiotic Misuse: A gap in the sexual health knowledge of Nigerian Youth  

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Nigeria Health Watch’s Production Coordinator McHenry Igwe. He writes about a growing practice amongst young sexually active people in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), using antibiotics as a form of contraception, the debilitating side-effects of this practice and how this is a symptom of a much […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Let’s chat about sex: Tech platforms target FCT youth with sexual health info

Goodness** (name changed to maintain anonymity) is a young woman in south-eastern Nigeria living with a hearing disability. Unlike most of her friends who also live with impaired hearing, her family supported her education. While waiting to gain admission into the university, Goodness got pregnant. For her and other young Nigerian women in similar situations, […]