Ifeyinwa Yusuf (Lead Writer)

A woman who has just given birth to her fourth child in a make-shift primary health care centre. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch

Growing up I dreamt of being a renowned obstetrician or surgeon like Ben Carson. After reading his book, Gifted Hands, I was pumped-up with zeal, so, using my monthly student allowance, I bought as many medical books as I could afford. I imagined what it would be like to live in London and be able to travel across the globe to perform rare surgeries. At age 13, my ambitious thoughts knew no bounds. I knew exactly what I wanted and how to do it. I knew I wanted to be different from my mother.

My mother…

By Innocent Eteng (Lead Writer)

Treatment transforms the lives of children like Precious born with clubfoot forever, giving them the opportunity to live normal lives. Photo source: Innocent Eteng

Most mothers agree that the first meeting between mother and child invokes overwhelming joy. This was true for Joy Chinedu the first time she carried her baby, Precious, examining every part of her with awe and wonder, two hours after giving birth in August 2014 at a public primary health center in Ndoro-Oboro town, southeast Nigeria’s Abia State.

This joy waned the moment she observed the baby’s feet. Both of Precious’s ankles were twisted inward with the foot turning downward. …

Beti Baiye (Lead Writer)

Honourable Commissioners for Health, with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Honourable Minister of State for Health, Senator Adeleke Mamora and partners at the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum quarterly meeting. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch

The COVID-19 pandemic not only exposed weaknesses in global health systems, it also provided us with an opportunity to course-correct and build more resilient health systems that will ensure health security for all. Taking advantage of this opportunity, on September 2 and 3, 2021, the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum convened a 2-day meeting with the theme ‘Building a Stronger Health Sector in Nigeria Through Collaboration and Strategic Partnership’. …

Onyinye Oranezi & Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead Writers)

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Nigerians in the health sector and key stakeholders have waited with bated breath for the announcement of the new Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). This is following the appointment of its first Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu to lead WHO’s new Pandemic & Epidemic Intelligence hub in Berlin and Assistant Director-General for Health Emergency Intelligence. …

Kenni Ndili (Lead Writer)

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After the successful deployment of the first round of vaccines received from the COVAX facility in March 2021, Nigeria has received its second batch of vaccines from countries around the world; receiving 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States through the COVAX facility and 177,600 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, purchased by the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), an initiative of African Union member states to pool their purchasing power to procure vaccines. The United Kingdom has donated 1,292,640 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as well as safety boxes…

Anthonia Obokoh (Lead Writer)

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Any form of violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. Based on World Health Organisation estimates, one in three women are subjected to physical or sexual violence. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, reports have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. A UN Women report calls it the ‘Shadow Pandemic’.

Response to violence against women and girls (VAWG) remains extremely inadequate and barriers to reporting such assaults often make it hard for victims to seek legal redress. …

By Bunmi Oyebanji (Lead Writer)

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In 2019, when my father was in the Intensive Care Unit of one of Nigeria’s biggest tertiary hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory, one of the most contentious issues my family experienced was the constant chasing after specialist doctors to assess him and answer our burning questions. We would wait hours for the single cardiologist on call to go through several wards before coming to his bedside, often tired from seeing more patients than he should. On some days, there was just no cardiologist to assess my father who had a severe heart condition. This…

Ibukun Oguntola (Lead Writer)

Sights like this are common in communities across the country. They lead to the spread of different infectious diseases among community members. This is a health emergency. Photo Source: Nigeria Health Watch

Nigeria is prone to seasonal disease outbreaks and in the last few years, a series of outbreaks including monkeypox, measles, Lassa fever, yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis and cholera have threatened the nation’s public health security. In 2020, while responding to COVID-19, Nigeria was at the same time tackling what was reported as the largest recorded outbreak of Lassa fever in the country. Today, amid efforts to contain the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation is also dealing with an increase in cholera cases.

Cholera is one of those endemic seasonal diseases which occur annually…

By Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead Writer)

There is no UHC without gender equality, and so the nexus between gender, economic empowerment and health must be understood. Photo source: RUDERF

Gender inequality constitutes a major barrier to realising equitable access to health-care services. Promoting gender equality is a major component in promoting the right to health for all people. For Sandra Ogholi, Executive Director of the Rural Development and Reformation Foundation (RUDERF), this is the motivator behind the OLEJU project implemented by RUDERF. “I realised, when I visited home after graduation that most of the girls who remained in the community have become the very thing we complained about as girls; young single mothers struggling to cater to the needs of a family they did…

Hadiza Mohammed (Lead Writer)

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Zainab was only 11 years old when she became the fourth wife of a 42-year-old cobbler in her community. She is from Marki, a village in Northern Nigeria where girls are married off at the age of 12 to preserve their purity. Her parents did not consider educating a girl child a worthy venture. Therefore, she was never sent to school. Her father said girls didn’t need to go to school because they wouldn’t use the knowledge. So, growing up, while her brothers went to school, being the only girl in her family, she hawked goods…

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