Ifeyinwa Yusuf and Kenni Ndili (Lead Writers)

“Sometimes I felt happy about having a baby, but most times I felt sad. I was so forgetful; I cried a lot and was unable to concentrate at work” — Ifeyinwa reflecting on her postpartum experience.

A woman’s body undergoes many changes through pregnancy, birth and postpartum that affect her in several ways. Until recently there was limited discussion around the psychological effects of pregnancy and childbirth on the mental health of women. According to the World Health Organisation…


It is immunization day at Dagodnagbe PHC in Jadna Ward, a rural agrarian community in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State. Amina Yau is one of the women bringing their children to be immunized. However, like other women, Yau is not happy with the condition of the Primary Heathcare…


Ibukun Oguntola & Thelma Chioma Abeku (Lead Writers)

On a relaxing Friday evening at the beautiful Thought Pyramid Art Gallery in Abuja, the Celebrating Womanhood Art Gala brought together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to expand knowledge and action about key gender and maternal health issues. This multidisciplinary group of people…


By Michael Atima (Lead Writer)

Funding is the live wire of healthcare systems globally. Nigeria needs an innovative approach for healthcare financing. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch

Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is largely dependent on how a country finances its health system. Since the Abuja Declaration in 2001, Nigeria has been unable to allocate at least 15% of its national budget to health care therefore leaving the health system grossly underfunded…


By Josephine Chinele (Lead Writer)

Reusable pad-making session. Photo source: Malawi Prisons Service

A sanitary towel is a basic need for every girl and woman and must be available to them when they need it. …


Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writer)

The official launch of the book titled ‘Universal Healthcare and Access to the Lower-income Population: An exploration of Capitation in Lagos, Nigeria’ by the delegates. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch

On September 14, 2021, Dr Charles Ezuma-Ngwu, launched a book titled ‘Universal Healthcare and Access to the Lower-income Population: An exploration of Capitation in Lagos, Nigeria’. A financial and budget analyst, Dr Ezuma-Ngwu wrote the book as an output from his PhD research to provide evidence that would encourage policy…


Patience Adejo and Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead Writers)

Employers must create safe spaces for employees to regularly discuss the challenges they face in their work and areas where they feel pressured. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch

Musa is a 32-year-old junior associate who works in a law firm. He used to love the Law profession, but unfavourable work conditions robbed him of that passion causing him to lose all interest in his work and the profession altogether. “My office…


By Beti Baiye (Lead Writer)

Health meets tech is a 3-day Hackathon designed to support opportunities to promote innovation in healthcare using technology. Photo source: EpiAFRIC

Ìgwèbụ̀íké is an Igbo phrase which means “there is strength in community.” Community plays an important role in every aspect of our lives. Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a…


By Bashar Abubakar (Lead Writer)

Prior to the rehabilitation, Maito PHC in Niger State was a block of two rooms with a store and toilet. It now has three additional blocks that house the children, male and female wards in addition to other equipment, enabling effective delivery of healthcare services. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch

Health is a human right and everyone, irrespective of location or socioeconomic status has a right to healthcare at their point of need. For a heavily populated country like Nigeria where there are income inequalities, there is a need to examine the healthcare system through the lens of health equity…


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…

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