By Farai Shawn Matiashe (Lead Writer)

Village health worker, Olinda Ruhukwa drive electric tricycles ferrying pregnant women like Talent Dindi to clinic for check ups in Wedza. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch

In Zana 3, Wedza District, 131 kilometres south of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, Talent Zindi, 21, a subsistence farmer, is inspecting the ear flowers of a maize plant in her field. She will be harvesting her maize crop in two weeks. Zindi says the harvest season reminds her of the stress that she went through in March 2019 trying to get transportation to Igava Clinic, 14 kilometres away from her home to deliver her baby. …

By Kemisola Agbaoye (Lead Writer)

Provision of potable water is beneficial for mosquito control. Photo source: Nigeria Health Watch

Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in children under five years of age globally. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a child dies from malaria every two minutes. Eighty percent of the global malaria burden is carried by 15 countries, 14 of which are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium species and transmitted by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. …

By Beti Baiye & Ibukun Oguntola (Lead Writers)

58.2% of the COVID-19 vaccine shots Nigeria received have been administered. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch

Vaccines are vital to the prevention and control of infectious-disease outbreaks. They protect us from the time we are children into adulthood. Today there are vaccines available to protect against at least 20 diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, influenza and measles. Together, these vaccines save the lives of up to 3 million people every year.

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. While wearing masks and physical distancing helps reduce our chances of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, these measures are not enough…

By Olubunmi Oyebanji (Lead Writer)

All women deserve respectful, quality care at all times. Photo source: Pathfinder

In Nigeria, systemic gaps in the quality of maternal care includes the lack of life-saving medical equipment, the low adoption of the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) in facilities, and the ineffectiveness of MPDSR platforms and their inability to translate to better quality of care. These are challenges that must be addressed to close the gaps in quality healthcare.

Understanding current solutions being implemented and Quality of Care (QoC) gaps, provides blueprints for implementing scalable and sustainable solutions. …

By Vivianne Ihekweazu (Lead Writer)

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In the last month, India has reported over 200,000 new cases of COVID-19 every single day. Their hospitals are full, crematoriums overwhelmed, health workers are tired, and families devastated. Many Indians in the diaspora feel helpless as they see family members struggling with the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 21, 2021, India announced 314,644 cases on a single day, the highest number of cases announced by any country on a single day since the onset of the outbreak.

By Nigeria Health Watch

Educating a girl child is a powerful way of ending child marriage in Nigeria. Photo source: Sonke Gender Justice.

Bintu, (not her real name) was married off to a 49-year-old man in Dogon Daji village, Sokoto State in Northern Nigeria when she was 13. Bintu said she wanted to become a medical doctor before her father decided she would get married to a man thrice her age, who was a farmer. Bintu said her mother was completely against the marriage, having herself been married off at the age of nine.

She got pregnant two months into the marriage, a pregnancy she said came with lots of complications. When it was time to give birth she…

By Amarachi Okeh (Lead Writer)

Face of a happy patient during a community outreach.Photo source: PJosh Diabetes Foundation

Nothing prepared Emmanuel Uchenna, founder of PJosh Diabetes Foundation, for his meeting with Samson Tamaraubrakemi, a 17-year-old who had Type 1 Diabetes, and who was sent away by his family because they could no longer afford to take care of him.

Described as one of the leading causes of death globally by the World Health Organisation (WHO), diabetes is a long standing disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce any or produces insufficient insulin. Type 1 diabetes or juvenile diabetes is an autoimmune disease — where the body attacks itself, in this case…

By Ifeyinwa Yusuf (Lead Writer)

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By Toluwani Oluwatola (Guest Writer)

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Globally, March 20 is set by the International Federation of Dentists to celebrate oral health and raise awareness about oral health. Since its inception in 2013, every year has been marked by a theme to call individuals and governments to take action for oral health. This year’s theme is ‘Be Proud of your Oral Health”, a challenge for everyone globally to value and take care of their oral health because of its role in influencing overall health. In Nigeria, this day usually goes without notice, except for a few side events by people in the oral health industry.

The awareness…

By Olajide Adelana (Lead writer)

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Balarabe Danladi Zakariya, a resident of Gabari, Kano State thinks he is jinxed and the reason is not far-fetched. He was married twice and lost both his wives in childbirth. His first marriage had a sweet beginning until his wife, Lami, died of breast cancer months after giving birth to their first child.

Zakariya found love again and married Hannatu, but that marriage was also short-lived. Hannatu got pregnant and died due to complications from childbirth one short year after their marriage.

Zakariya recounts painfully the harrowing conditions around his second wife’s death. “I rushed…

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