Torchlight Series

How Lagos used community influencers to bridge gaps in its measles vaccination drive


“Creativity in communication is necessary to elicit the desired action” – Health Compass, 2011 Otodo Gbame in Eti-Osa Local Government Area (LGA) in Lagos was…More

Peanuts, Millet, Beans: simple foods helping to stem Kano’s malnutrition crisis


Two-year-old Umar is in his mother Saratu’s arms, a playful boy. She says he was not always this healthy, and that just over six months…More

How 72-hour “makeovers” are transforming primary healthcare in Kaduna state


How long does it take to transform a primary health centre, equip it and have it ready for business? The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative…More

Global Health: Chatham House round-table re-defines development of bio-safety labs in developing countries


In February, several global biosafety lab experts joined a roundtable organised by Chatham House in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. They were seeking solutions to a major challenge facing the world…More

A ray of hope: Fighting codeine and tramadol abuse in Kano state


“I would take two bottles of codeine in the morning and after like an hour follow up with 200mg of tramadol. At night I would…More

Fighting Lassa: Five lessons from three special hospitals managing most cases of Lassa fever in Nigeria


At the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Mrs. Martha Okonofua moves around the ward with a smile. The Lassa Fever isolation ward at the hospital is…More