Child sexual abuse is a global health problem that permeates all sections of society. Photo source: AfricanGlobe.Net.

By Aloysius Ugwu and Kenneth Ibe (Lead writers)

Emeka was only 5 years old when the abuse began. “Both my parents worked and when I wasn’t in school, because they couldn’t leave me home alone, they would take me to a neighbour’s house and leave me in the care of their housekeeper. That was when it started. When we were alone, the housekeeper, who was big, would force me to make out with her. She would hit me each time I refused and although I struggled and cried, that did not stop her. As a result of the abuse, I…


By Olubunmi Oyebanji (Lead Writer)

JDI refurbishes the Iwa Community Clinic Borehole in Partnership with Just Fix It Synergy Nigeria Ltd. Photo source: JDI

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water” — W.H. Auden.

Iwa is a lively rural community of about 600 inhabitants in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State. It is just about 112 kilometres from Minna, the state’s capital and like most rural communities in North-Central Nigeria, the indigenes are predominantly farmers. Iwa is one of the many rural communities across Nigeria that lacks access to quality water and is in dire need of proper sanitation.

Poor access to quality water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Nigeria remains a major contributing factor to…


By Beti Baiye and Ibukun Oguntola (Lead Writers)

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The media plays a significant role in how the public responds to health issues. Mass media, print, television, radio and internet have considerable power, reaching a wide and diverse audience, raising awareness about issues, framing how we think about issues and what we should be concerned about. The media also has an important role to play in reporting epidemics.

Health in the News
Before the Ebola outbreak and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, health security was not topical news. When there is no emergency, health news barely makes the front page. In a…


By Bashar Abubakar (Lead Writer)

Community health workers also examine nutritional status of children and provide nutritional support to malnourished children. Photo source: UNICEF Rwanda

Health care should be equitable. This means it must be accessible to anyone, regardless of social class, or place of residence. For a pregnant woman dwelling either in the hills of Rwanda, or in the deserts of Niger Republic, comprehensive antenatal care and support is very important. The work of providing critical care to women and children in the last mile is enormous, requiring passion and tenacity. One group of health care workers who do this work consistently is community health workers (CHWs).

In the African scenario where the shortage of health workers often diminishes…


By Amaka Yusuf and Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead writers)

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The World Health Organisation has reported that each year, between 5.7 and 8.4 million people die due to poor quality care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and this accounts for 15 percent of overall deaths. Majority of affected LMICs record lost productivity due to poor quality care, indicating that about $1.4 to $1.6 trillion is lost annually.

Why Quality Maternal Health Medicines is a Critical Issue
Quality care is a critical issue for maternal and new-born health. It is estimated that 6 in 10 neonatal conditions and half of maternal deaths in…


By Dr. Anthony Olagunju & Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writers)

The Riders for Health couriers help transport samples from very hard to reach locations across Nigeria and other African countries where they work. Photo source: Riders for Health

The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Gawu in Niger State serves as a Tuberculosis (TB) treatment centre for patients in the zone under the CHALLENGE TB program. The Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (KNCV) TB foundation, the professional association of chemists, life scientists and process technologists in the Netherlands, led the program between 2014–2019 with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). For FMC Gawu to effectively deliver its responsibilities to patients, it must carry out laboratory investigations to diagnose cases before commencing treatment and also monitor treatment progress for…


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Nobody can convince me to take the COVID-19 vaccine. I don’t trust the government to give me anything that is free and good for me. Nothing is free in Nigeria. I know they want to insert a microchip in us so that they can control us”, Mary said.

I would rather travel to Ghana or Dubai to take the vaccine than take it here in Nigeria. I trust the vaccine itself, but I don’t think the one they’re giving us here in Nigeria is real”, Babatunde said.

These are statements from Nigerians asked if they would take the COVID-19 vaccine…


By Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli (Guest Writer)

L-R: handwashing bowl, bowl for rinsing dishes, soap bowl and dishwashing bowl containing some used plates, used by Mama Chimezie, one of the food vendors, to cater to customers. Photo source: Chidindu Mmadu-Okli

Nnewi (Anambra State) — The sun is dressed in her best attire on Tuesday morning, after the heavy rains at night, to welcome resilient traders and businesspersons who are about their duties despite the weather changes. Hooting horns from motorcycles are the most familiar sounds anyone will hear in Nkwo Nnewi ultramodern market, the largest vehicle spare parts market in West Africa, popularly referred to as Nkwo.

As early as 7:30 am, as traders open their shops, a young food vendor at the electrical parts section is seen surrounded by people, mostly men. Not long…


By Patrick Egwu (Lead Writer)

At the MSF mobile clinic, residents of Borno state are treated of malnutrition and other health challenges. Photo source: MSF

The growing insurgency in Northeast Nigeria is negatively impacting the lives and health care of residents in the region, particularly mothers and their infants, who lack adequate care and face life-threatening food shortages. The insurgency has also worsened health issues such as malaria and malnutrition and has adversely obstructed access to clean water.

In a December 2020 report, UNICEF says that more than 400,000 children in North East Nigeria are currently at risk of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and without treatment, and 75,000 are likely to die this year. UNICEF adds that an estimated 10.6…


By Kemisola Agbaoye (Lead Writer)

The #FundFPNaija policy dialogue tackled the issue of Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Family Planning (FP) Services in Nigeria. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch

Nigeria is currently the seventh most populous nation in the world. With an annual growth rate of 2.6%, Nigeria is projected to become the third most populous nation in the world by 2050, with a projected population of over 400 million. The country will not be able to meet the needs of its rapidly growing population, highlighting the importance of increasing access to family planning services and commodities.

The Nigeria Family Planning Blueprint 2020–2024 outlines the country’s plans for achieving a target modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) of 27% by 2024 from its current rate…

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