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Burundi launches ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers

Bujumbura, 14 August 2019 – On 13th August, the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control kicked off the vaccination campaign for front-line staff against the Ebola virus disease. The campaign started at the Gatumba entry point at the Border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ebola vaccination campaign is part of Burundi’s preparation for […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Immunisation Protects Our Herd: Nigeria Health Watch Forum 2019

Immunisation is a clear success story and its value in preventing and curtailing infectious diseases cannot be overemphasised. It prevents an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths annually. What does immunisation have to do with preventing epidemics in Nigeria? Everything. In June 2017, Nigeria conducted a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess the country’s capacity […]

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Immunisation Torchlight Series

Remind Me: A tech solution to improve immunisation coverage in Nigeria  

If you make your way along the busy Herbert Macaulay road in densely populated Yaba, Lagos State, you may hardly notice the building housing the Co-Creation Hub (CCHub). The building looks like any other you may find in this high density part of Lagos, however the building houses the hub that has raised the profile […]

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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 […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Why is no one talking about these three big challenges the Nigerian health sector is facing?

The National Health Bill For the second time since he became president, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has the chance to sign a new National Health Bill into law, which would help set the legal basis for urgently needed changes in the health sector around funding, access and delineation of responsibilities between the different tiers of […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

We must focus on pneumonia if we want to reduce preventable child deaths in Nigeria

Six days ago, the world marked World Pneumonia Day, with the aim of drawing global attention to the number one killer of children under the age of five years. We invited our colleague Francis Ohanyido who devotes most of his time to this disease to offer our community his perspective on this disease. He has […]

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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

The Devils We Know

This post was contributed by Iruka N. Okeke – a Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Haverford College in the USA. Her book, Divining without seeds; the case for strengthening laboratory medicine in Africa, is a must read for anyone really interested in the field of infectious diseases. As we begin to pat ourselves on the back […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Spread of polio from Pakistan leads WHO to declare public health emergency; is Nigeria next?

In recent years, the threat of polio has risen in Pakistan, where Taliban militants have targeted health workers administering the vaccine. When the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, speaks about the violence in North East Nigeria, he often refers to Pakistan as a country facing a similar threat. As the violence escalates in NE Nigeria, and […]