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Thought Leadership Series

Destination 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: Can 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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Press Release

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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Press Release

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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Health Thought Leadership Series

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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Health Thought Leadership Series

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 […]

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Africa Diaspora Health Health Policy Nigeria

As the Health Minister’s 10,000 PHC transformation agenda starts, we urge him to keep primary health care under ONE roof

We are in May. Later this month we will mark one year into the tenure of the Buhari administration, a quarter of its four-year mandate. Also in May, we anticipate the kick-off of the Minister’s promised “one newly functional” primary health centre per day. The appointment of Professor Isaac Adewole as Minister of Health was […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Accountability for Universal Coverage Efforts in Nigeria: an Agenda for the Future

These first few days of a new government, ahead of our The Future of Health Conference on the 18th of June, are a good time to reflect on some of the opportunities that could bring about positive change in the health sector. At NHW, it is our view that, despite the euphoria that followed its establishment, the “National Health Insurance Scheme” […]