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Friendship Bench: Zimbabwe’s Community-based Talk-Therapy Supporting Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of challenges and disruptions to our lives. The livelihood of people has been affected and the pandemic has taken a toll on people’s mental and psychological health. In Zimbabwe, Friendship Bench, a community-based approach is providing solutions to people struggling with their mental health during this pandemic. Friendship […] The post Friendship Bench: Zimbabwe’s Community-based Talk-Therapy Supporting Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 22nd January 2021
COVID-19: AU vaccine plan proposes up to $10 per dose for Nigeria, others. COVID-19 vaccines won’t alter your DNA, do not contain microchips – Dr Shuaib. Do everything possible to avoid second lockdown, PTF appeals to Nigerians. NCDC rolls out new guidelines on approved rapid diagnostic tests kits. COVID-19: Nigeria releases N10 bn for vaccine […] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 22nd January 2021 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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‘E nor dey, come tomorrow’ – How vaccine stock-outs affect routine immunisation rates
Vaccines administered on the Nigerian National Immunisation schedule are free, right? Ewomazino disagrees. She had given birth to lovely twin boys and the expenses started to pile up almost immediately, often threatening to overshadow the joys that usually accompany the birth of a child. At birth, immunisation for her boys cost her 50,000 naira per […] The post ‘E nor dey, come tomorrow’ – How vaccine stock-outs affect routine immunisation rates appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 21th January 2021
Senior Clinical Laboratory Quality Manager and Monitoring & Evaluation, US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), Lagos. Apply Senior Child Protection Technical Advisor, Save the Children, Abuja, deadline 28th January 2021. Apply Chief Medical Officer, Anadach Consulting, Lagos, deadline 8th March 2020. Apply Consultant General Surgeon – CONMESS 06 Step 6, Delta State Hospital Management Board, Delta, deadline […] The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 21th January 2021 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 21st January 2021
Senior Clinical Laboratory Quality Manager and Monitoring & Evaluation, US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), Lagos. Apply Senior Child Protection Technical Advisor, Save the Children, Abuja, deadline 28th January 2021. Apply Chief Medical Officer, Anadach Consulting, Lagos, deadline 8th March 2020. Apply Consultant General Surgeon – CONMESS 06 Step 6, Delta State Hospital Management Board, Delta, deadline […] The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 21st January 2021 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Your health in 2021: 10 things you should know about accessing healthcare
Editor’s Note: This week’s thought leadership piece comes from Dr Kemi of RelianceHMO, an HMO provider in Nigeria. She works to explain the different types of health insurance plans that are available for Nigerians, and highlights what everyone should take into consideration when choosing a health plan.  Despite a consensus with other heads of African […] The post Your health in 2021: 10 things you should know about accessing healthcare appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 15th January 2021
UNICEF, WHO, IFRC and MSF announce the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile. Ignore those saying COVID-19 vaccine is dangerous, NPHCDA urges Nigerians. Kaduna establishes 300 nutrition corners in health facilities to combat malnutrition. Yellow Fever: Experts urge Bauchi, others to be proactive in fighting disease. NMA tackles FG over health workers’ hazard allowance. […] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 15th January 2021 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 14th January 2021
Consultant, General Surgeon (Laparoscopy / Oncology), Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Ekiti, deadline 25th January 2021. Apply Project Director, PATH Nigeria, Abuja. Apply State TB Technical Advisor, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, deadline 25th January 2020. Apply Deputy Director, Global Health Informatics, Abuja. Apply General Surgeon, Anadach Consulting, Lagos, deadline 24th […] The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 14th January 2021 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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No public funds should be spent on food contributing to unhealthy diets – WHO DG
The Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised governments to refrain from spending public funds on food contributing to unhealthy diets. He described this decision as a way for governments to lead by example. “Now is the time for governments to lead by example through ensuring that the food served or sold […] The post No public funds should be spent on food contributing to unhealthy diets – WHO DG appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Nigeria’s COVID-19 pandemic hits critical milestones
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that over the weekend, the country hit two major milestones in its COVID-19 pandemic with the confirmation of more than 100,000 cases and the completion of over one million COVID-19 tests. In a statement, the center said Nigeria has recorded a consistent increase in the number […] The post Nigeria’s COVID-19 pandemic hits critical milestones appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Preparing ahead: How Imo State harnessed the REDISSE project to improve its COVID-19 response
As at January 12, 2021, Nigeria has had over a hundred thousand confirmed cases of the novel 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection. The pandemic has continued to challenge healthcare systems across states, forcing them to innovate as they learn, adapt and respond to the disease. Responding to various aspects of the pandemic is also helping […] The post Preparing ahead: How Imo State harnessed the REDISSE project to improve its COVID-19 response appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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MSF: Fractioning doses of yellow fever vaccine can help save more lives during outbreaks
WHO will change its guidelines to recommend using partial doses of the yellow fever vaccine during emergencies as a result of new clinical trial data NEW YORK/PARIS, JANUARY 8, 2021—Giving people a fraction of a yellow fever vaccine is effective and could help vaccinate millions more people during emergencies, according to results of a recent […] The post MSF: Fractioning doses of yellow fever vaccine can help save more lives during outbreaks appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 8th January 2020
Nigeria: WHO endorses Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19 immunisation in Nigeria. COVID-19: FG moves to allay fears among Nigerian populace on vaccine safety. Buhari assents Disability Bill, inaugurates National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Nigeria now has capacity to store COVID-19 vaccine –NPHCDA. COVID-19 Protocols: FG threatens travel ban on defaulting VIPs, govt officials.  Increased testing […] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 8th January 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 7th January 2021
Senior Health Quality Manager, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Borno, deadline 14th January 2021. Apply Laboratory /Animal Health Assistant, African Union (AU), deadline 25th January 2021. Apply Senior Manager, Vector Control, Catholic Relief Services, Abuja, deadline 8th January 2021. Apply Infection, Prevention & Control (IPC) Supervisor, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Zamfara, daedline 11th January 2021. Apply Public […] The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 7th January 2021 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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“I decided to be pregnant with my wife” – Men as nurturers for healthy pregnancy and delivery
Aloysius Chidiebere Ugwu (Lead Writer) In January 2020, in the middle of the dry season known as harmattan in Nigeria, I was in Kano state performing my duties as a health advocate when I received news from my wife which redefined my plans for the next nine months. “Babe, I think my body is changing, […] The post “I decided to be pregnant with my wife” – Men as nurturers for healthy pregnancy and delivery appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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How Tayi PHC in Niger is increasing FP services through community-focused advocacy
By Bashar Abubakar (Lead Writer) Habiba Aliyu, 20, gave birth to her first child in 2019 while preparing to begin her journey as a health worker. As a student at a health training institution in Niger State, Aliyu wants to become a Community Health Extension Worker (CHEW). ‘’All my life I wanted to be a […] The post How Tayi PHC in Niger is increasing FP services through community-focused advocacy appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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A crazy year with unforgettable lessons in global health
As 2020 draws to an end and 2021 beckons, it became much clearer that things may never be the same again and for the first time in recorded history, everyone realised how health issues can impact every aspect of the economy. It did not come as surprise to anyone that coronavirus was the most searched […] The post A crazy year with unforgettable lessons in global health appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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There is an approved treatment for Ebola
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ebanga (Ansuvimab-zykl), a human monoclonal antibody, for the treatment for Zaire ebolavirus (Ebolavirus) infection in adults and children. Ebanga blocks binding of the virus to the cell receptor, preventing its entry into the cell. FDA granted the approval to Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, LP. Ebanga was granted an Orphan Drug designation, which […] The post There is an approved treatment for Ebola appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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No Retreat No Surrender: Celebrating frontline responders in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa
By Beti Baiye & Patience Adejo (Lead Writers) It is not surprising that the fight against COVID-19 has introduced a great deal of military metaphors in the media globally. The world has been at war with a virus and from the outset, healthcare workers of different cadres have been at the frontline of defense between […] The post No Retreat No Surrender: Celebrating frontline responders in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Four states account for 80% of confirmed cases of yellow fever in Nigeria
Nigeria has a yellow fever outbreak underway and an analysis of the official data on the number confirmed cases showed four states account for 80% of all cases in the country as at Christmas Day. According to a situation report published by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the four states with the highest […] The post Four states account for 80% of confirmed cases of yellow fever in Nigeria appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Nigeria, others to benefit from US govt’s $4bn COVID-19 vaccine fund
Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, and other countries across the continent and beyond that qualify to enjoy support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance will benefit from the final approval of the United States’ commitment to provide Gavi with US$ 4 billion in COVID-19 supplemental funding. These resources, which were included in a larger omnibus funding package, will […] The post Nigeria, others to benefit from US govt’s $4bn COVID-19 vaccine fund appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Sightsavers Nigeria: Fighting neglected tropical diseases through inclusive research
By Abdullahi Tsanni (Lead Writer) Trachoma is a major public health issue in 44 countries and the major cause of blindness or visual impairment affecting 1.9 million people globally. It spreads through direct and indirect contact with the discharge from an infected person’s hands, clothes, nose and eyes, or through infected flies. According to the World […] The post Sightsavers Nigeria: Fighting neglected tropical diseases through inclusive research appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Kaduna State pioneers procurement process for family planning commodities
By Aisha Gambo (Lead Writer) Kaduna state has gotten a waiver to procure Family Planning (FP) commodities as their demands for FP commodities increases. This makes Kaduna the first and only state with permission to directly procure family planning commodities in Nigeria. The Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Primary Health Care Board (KPHCB), Hamza Abubakar, made this […] The post Kaduna State pioneers procurement process for family planning commodities appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Santa COVID: As Christmas approaches, government strives to keep citizens on guard
Having endured an unusual year, many Nigerians are travelling to end 2020 in celebrations. While this could result in surge in the number of new cases — a dangerous scenario that threatens the gains made so far in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  Air Peace is one of the few airlines taking passengers from Lagos […] The post Santa COVID: As Christmas approaches, government strives to keep citizens on guard appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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RICOM3 helps Nigerian women take ownership of their pregnancy journey; Here’s how
The maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria is estimated at 512 per 100,000 live births whilst non-communicable diseases (NCDs) accounted for 27% of total deaths in 2008. The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has demonstrated its commitment to address NCDs via the creation of an NCDs division, the development of a national non-communicable diseases (NCDs) multi-sectorial […] The post RICOM3 helps Nigerian women take ownership of their pregnancy journey; Here’s how appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten Health News Items in 2020
Nigeria records first Coronavirus case. WHO declares Coronavirus a pandemic. WHO declares Nigeria polio free. Nigeria Plans to Approve Covid-19 Vaccine Early Next Year. BHCPF and the Defunding of NCDC during a Pandemic. Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths — 2 years earlier than projected. Nigeria Health Watch recommends community MPDSR to […] The post Top Ten Health News Items in 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 17th December 2020
Technical Director (TD) HIV Care and Support, Pro-Health International, Adamawa, Bauchi, deadline 20th December 2020. Apply Physician (Public Health), CDC, Nigeria, deadline 29th January 2021. Apply Senior Health Manager, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Borno, deadline 19th December 2020. Apply Head, Medical Support Services, African Union (AU), deadline 11th January 2021. Apply Consultant Gynaecologist, Alfred & […] The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 17th December 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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The Nutritional Status of Nigerian Children: What needs to change
Resilience, Doggedness, Creativity, these are some of the adjectives used to describe the Nigerian child over the years. To be frank, it has been a journey of overcoming stacked up odds for the average Nigerian child. He/she has had to fight nutritionally to gain every ounce of physical and cognitive advantage required to conquer the […] The post The Nutritional Status of Nigerian Children: What needs to change appeared first on healthnews.ng.
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Next Level Agenda in the journey towards UHC: Health for All Nigerians
By Aloysius Ugwu & Michael Atima (Lead Writers) When the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom, said “Without health, people have nothing; without health, we have nothing as humanity”, he meant a world where everyone can achieve healthy and productive lives no matter who they are or where they live. […] The post Next Level Agenda in the journey towards UHC: Health for All Nigerians appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Rethinking Healthcare in Africa with Geospatial Mapping
In August 2020, Nigeria became the last African country to be declared free from wild poliovirus. This was achieved by relentless vaccination efforts across urban and rural communities, including awareness campaigns and deployment of personnel to communities to carry out vaccination programmes. An underlying, but essential enabler of this success story was the use of […] The post Rethinking Healthcare in Africa with Geospatial Mapping appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Federal Government will implement recommendations of NIPSS on Population Growth and Human Capital Development – President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the graduates of the NIPSS Senior Executive Course 42 that his administration will implement the 12-point recommendations on Population Growth and Human Capital Development in Nigeria. The President, who was represented by the Governor, Plateau State, Mr lSimon Bako Lalong, disclosed this during the graduation ceremony of the 77 delegates of the Senior Executive […] The post Federal Government will implement recommendations of NIPSS on Population Growth and Human Capital Development – President Buhari appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Top Ten News Items on Health, 11th December 2020
How innovations in health technology can help Nigeria. COVID-19 offers opportunity to structure, rebuild country’s health system – FG.  Dying While Giving Life: The pain of Nigerian women. Nigerian govt orders reopening of isolation centres over possible second wave of COVID-19.  2020 Christmas: NCDC raises alarm on COVID-19 latest casualty. The need for women’s leadership […] The post Top Ten News Items on Health, 11th December 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 10th December 2020
Online course, Cybersecurity for eHealth. Register Here Senior Technical Advisor, Self-Care, Population Services International (PSI), Abuja. Apply Medical Doctor, eHealth Systems Africa, Abuja. Apply Medical Doctor, International Organization for Migration – IOM, Borno, deadline 14th December 2020. Apply Chief Medical Officer, Aureole Consulting Limited, Lagos, deadline 10th January 2021. Apply Orthopaedic Surgeon, Iyi Enu Mission […] The post Latest Health Jobs In Nigeria Published On 10th December 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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The need for women’s leadership in global health – The Nigeria experience
Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Women in Global Health (WGH) Nigeria, an organisation that was established to bring visibility and recognition of Nigerian women, shape global health programming and advocacy, and reform policy and in communities in Nigeria and the diaspora. They analyse the reasons why more women are not seen […] The post The need for women’s leadership in global health – The Nigeria experience appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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#Innovate4HealthNaija: Improving Healthcare Access at the Future of Health Conference 2020
Innovation is a term used to spur big business into evolving their way out of oblivion. In healthcare, refusal to innovate could mean loss of lives, especially for vulnerable populations who are most at risk of poor health outcomes and have significant challenges accessing quality healthcare. When the 2020 Future of Health Conference theme, Innovation: […] The post #Innovate4HealthNaija: Improving Healthcare Access at the Future of Health Conference 2020 appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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#PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Award: Nominations Now Open!!!
Nigeria, just like the rest of the world, is grappling with COVID-19 and journalists have played the critical role of providing public health updates, combating misinformation and supplying entertainment to help people cope with the virus’s impact. The Nigerian media has proved to be a valuable force in covering issues around the COVID-19 pandemic, providing […] The post #PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Award: Nominations Now Open!!! appeared first on Nigeria Health Watch.
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