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Legislative Network for UHC Summit - Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security in Nigeria

There is a global consensus on the importance of strengthening health systems to deliver quality and affordable healthcare to communities, to make them more effective and efficient, and to prepare, detect and respond to disease outbreaks. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means that all individuals and communities receive adequate […]

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The 4th Annual Legislative Summit on Health

20th May 2021 | The annual Legislative Summit on Health is a product of the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage. The Network consists primarily of legislators (National and States) with members of the Executive Arm of Government (State and National) and non-state actors collaborating to provide institutional contexts focused on the health sector. It […]

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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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There is no U(HC) without Me(ntal Health)

“Without mental health, there can be no physical health”- Dr Brock Chisholm It is not an uncommon sight to see naked or half-clothed persons roaming the streets of villages, towns and cities in Nigeria. Commonly called ‘Ototolo’ (madmen) by the Ugep people of Cross River State, they live on and eat off the streets and […]

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Next Level Agenda in the journey towards UHC: Health for All Nigerians

By Aloysius Ugwu & Michael Atima (Lead Writers) When the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom, said “Without health, people have nothing; without health, we have nothing as humanity”, he meant a world where everyone can achieve healthy and productive lives no matter who they are or where they live. […]

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Health

COVID-19 has shown that without health, we have nothing

Gabriel Oke and Omodolapo Shobowale (Lead Writers) On April 8, 2018, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) affirmed the linkage between Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and global health security as two sides of the same coin in an interview with Nigeria Health Watch. ‘‘Health Systems Strengthening and Universal Health Coverage […]

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UHC: Nigeria’s Political Will, a Catalyst!

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership opinion piece comes from Dr. Uchenna Ewelike, a Senior Health Economist. He re-echo’s the importance of Universal Health Coverage in ensuring financial protection for the most vulnerable in our societies, analyses Nigeria’s journey towards Universal Health Coverage, and proffers solutions for the road ahead.  Universal Health Coverage is meant […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Vision First - Universal Eye Health for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria

The value of vision in our daily living is tremendous. However, many of us tend to take our eyesight for granted, until we develop vision problems. Vision loss has a detrimental impact on the lives of those affected, as well as on their families, friends, and society. Whether sudden or gradual, loss of sight can […]

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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 […]

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Statement by WHO Director-General on World Health Day 2019

WHO was born on 7 April 1948 with a clear and ambitious vision: a world in which all people enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. Although we have made enormous progress in recent years against some of the world’s leading causes of death and disease, we still have a lot of work to do […]

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WHO Africa Health Forum to shape next steps in universal health care on the continent

Global leaders and health experts will come together at the continent’s seminal health-focused event to identify workable solutions that will strengthen African health services, deliver more effective health security and make significant inroads towards achieving universal health coverage. The Government of Cabo Verde and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa  are hosting the second WHO Africa […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Wetin be Universal Health Coverage?

In the push for global health reforms, no initiative has been as uniting as the call for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Governments view UHC as a means to gain political favour and through advocacy, citizens are being educated about their right to quality, accessible and affordable healthcare. In spite of the ongoing advocacy and sensitisation […]

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Face to face with Nigeria’s ailing emergency health system: One daughter’s story

Editor’s Note: This week’s blog comes from a Nigeria Health Watch team member. She writes about coming head to head with the challenges facing Nigeria’s health system during her father’s recent health emergency. Her father is recuperating but the experience led her to think deeply about Nigeria’s emergency healthcare system and what must be done […]

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Universal Health Coverage and the role of “marketers” for health in Nigeria

On December 12, the world celebrates Universal Health Coverage Day to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable, quality healthcare to every person, everywhere. In Nigeria, the celebration of UHC day is somewhat overcast by the grim fact that only an estimated 1% of Nigerians have […]