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Promoting health through the life course

Nigeria has largest number of children out-of-school in the world

Nigeria has the largest number of children in the world who are not being educated, the government has said. Acknowledging the scale of the problem the education ministry`s permanent secretary Adamu Hussaini said it was "sad to note" that Nigeria had 10.5 million children out of school. This is the first time senior officials have admitted the size of the problem. Cultural factors have been blamed but critics point to a lack of money going to publicly funded schools

July 25, 2017

Nigerian shelter shrugs off attacks to save girls from marriage and street work

The Thomson Reuters Foundation News looks at the Yola, Nigeria Charity Centre for Women and Adolescent Empowerment that has been repeatedly attacked for offering help to thousands of girls and women. The Centre also supports parents, giving them money so they can send their daughters to school rather than making them sell wares on the streets or marrying them off in the predominantly Muslim city. UNICEF data says at least four in ten girls in Nigeria are married before they turn 18, while almost a fifth are wed before fifteen

June 8, 2017

Funding shortfall hits starving in northeast Nigeria

Lack of funding is forcing aid agencies to cut feeding for starving people in northeast Nigeria, the UN said, warning of growing pressure in resources as refugees return. The World Food Programme said nearly two million people were living on the brink of famine in this remote region, which has been devastated by Boko Haram violence since 2009. According to OCHA, 5.2m people could need life-saving food aid in three northeast states from June to August

May 26, 2017
Guardian Nigeria
May 25, 2017

Nigeria's hungriest face starvation as aid funds dry up in northeast - UN

The United Nations and aid agencies are warning that northeast Nigeria is on the brink of famine after two years of missed harvests, with a third missed year very likely. Aid agencies also say they need aid funds to help. The WFP indicated that these hungry people could miss out on food aid next month, because it is running out of money to feed them. The regional director says it needs another $250m to prevent famine in the coming months and to feed 4.7m people, which the WFP worries could rise even as high as 5.2m by August

May 23, 2017

Nigeria: New Research Shows Rising Support for Nigeria's Gay Marriage Ban

More than half of Nigerians surveyed do not think that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people should have access to basic health services, according to new research released by Nigerian human rights organization, the Initiative for Equal Rights. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 90% of them said they supported the introduction of a 2014 Act banning gay marriage, a slight increase over the previous year’s survey

May 17, 2017
allafrica.com, Bhekisisa

Dangote, Adenuga, Otedola, others can end poverty in Nigeria – Oxfam

As part of its ‘Even it Up’ campaign, a new Oxfam report highlighted the large and growing gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria. It said economic inequality is a key factor behind the conflict that has led to the severe food crisis in its north eastern states, which the UN estimates will see 5m people suffer from food shortages this year. Despite a growing economy, Nigeria saw the number living in poverty increase from 69m to 112m between 2004 and 2010 and the number of millionaires grew by 44% during that same period

May 17, 2017
Vanguard, Guardian Nigeria, Nan.ng, Cable Nigeria, Channel STV, Naij

Nigeria’s gender equality bill not against men, Senator says

A Nigerian woman senator, Binta Garba, has appealed to men in parliament not to see the Gender Equality Bill before the Senate as an ‘affront to them’ but to recognise that men and women are equal partners in progress across all sectors. The bill prohibits all forms of discrimination due to gender, age and disability through spoken words, acts, rules and practices by any person or institution

April 18, 2017
Premium Times , Guardian Nigeria

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Hepatitis E cases on the rise in Borno — Officials

Health officers are reporting increasing cases of Hepatitis E in Borno State, North-east Nigeria. The Nigerian Ministry of Health on June 18 had notified the World Health Organisation of an outbreak of the disease in the state. However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on its official Twitter handle on Thursday raised fears that there is an increase in the number of cases in the state over the last few weeks

July 13, 2017
Premium Times
July 12, 2017

Cholera outbreak kills 17 in Nigeria

At least 17 people have been confirmed dead in an ongoing cholera outbreak in Nigeria`s northcentral Kwara state, according to a report by the country`s centre for disease control. "The cholera outbreak in Kwara state continued ... with a total of 1,617 suspected cases reported, an increase of 3.6% from the last Epi-week. 13 laboratory samples were confirmed and 17 deaths recorded, giving a case fatality rate of 1.1%," the centre said

July 12, 2017

WHO: Lassa fever outbreak response remains ongoing, mitigation measures to continue

An outbreak of Lassa fever has recently been reported by officials from the World Health Organization in multiple West African nations including Nigeria. As of last month, a total of 501 suspected cases have been reported, 104 of which resulted in the deaths of the patient involved. In the remaining reported cases, 189 have been further classified by public health officials and 175 have been laboratory confirmed as Lassa infected. Seventeen Nigerian states have reported at least one confirmed case

July 12, 2017
Homeland Preparedness News

Fresh Lassa fever outbreak kills FGGC student in Plateau

A student of Federal Government Girls College, FGGC, Langtang in Plateau State has been confirmed dead as a result of a fresh outbreak of Lassa fever, the State Commissioner for Health, Kuden Kamshak confirmed

July 8, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and partners plan new approach to detect and r...

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in collaboration with WHO met with partners in May to plan a new approach to detect and respond to disease outbreaks in Africa. The new approach, called ‘event-based surveillance,’ involves using open source information, such as social media posts, to detect events that might pose a risk to public health. Africa CDC will partner with the World Health Organisation and others to strengthen event-based surveillance in the 18 countries that have already begun using this approach and will work to introduce it in the remaining 37 African countries

June 20, 2017

Nigeria prey to more deadly meningitis outbreaks amid vaccine shortage

Hit by one of its deadliest meningitis outbreaks in years, with more than 1,000 deaths, Nigeria could struggle to contain future epidemics due to a shortage of vaccines, health experts said. Africa`s most populous country has recorded about 14,500 suspected cases and at least 1,150 deaths so far this year - up from 33 in 2016 - in two thirds of its 36 states, said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). "This outbreak is not just one of the worst in number of cases and deaths, but in terms of how far it has spread across Nigeria," Miriam Alia, a vaccination and outbreak response adviser at MSF, said. The shortage of vaccines for meningitis C means they can only be used to respond reactively to such outbreaks, rather than to prevent future epidemics in high risk areas, she added

June 13, 2017

Nigeria ‘records 4,000 untreated cases of leprosy annually’

No fewer than 4,000 new untreated leprosy cases are being recorded annually in Nigeria, mainly from the poverty-ravaged communities, the Leprosy Mission, Nigeria (TLMN) has said, Kabir Umar, the Deputy Coordinator, Sokoto State Tuberculosis and Malaria Control Programme, said no fewer than 160 new leprosy cases were recorded in the state from 2016 to date. Mr. Umar said that 92 of the cases were identified in Kebbe, Gudu and Rabah Local Government Areas during separate case finding missions conducted in 2016. ”The remaining 68 cases were reported from January 2017 to date,” the official said

June 7, 2017
Premium Times Nigeria

Kwara confirms cholera outbreak

The Commissioner for Health in Kwara, Dr Atolagbe Alege, confirmed six cases of cholera in parts of Llorin metropolis, the state capital. Alege, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, said that the outbreak has not claimed any lives to date and that the patients were four adults and two children

June 5, 2017
The News, Africa Independent Television

Meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people: minister

A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people so far this year, the country’s health minister said. The government approved a house-to-house search in northern Nigeria to identify those afflicted with meningitis for vaccination and treatment, the minister told reporters

April 26, 2017

Death toll rises to 489 in Nigeria meningitis outbreak

A Nigerian health official said Wednesday that a suspected 489 people have died during the latest meningitis outbreak to hit the country. At least five northern states have been affected by the epidemic over the last five months. As of now, there have been 4,637 suspected cases from which the fatalities came

April 12, 2017
Daily Sabah, ABC news

Le paludisme sévit toujours au Burundi

Over the last 3 months some 949 people have died from malaria in Burundi and over 1,800,000 people have been infected. Now, the government is looking to raise $32m in aid to fight the

April 12, 2017
VOA Afrique

Battling meningitis - killer disease on the prowl, 438 dead

When the first outbreak of the deadly Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in February, many thought nothing to it as such reports had been usual and that the disease would run its circle. The number of deaths in the past week, however, is so scary and more deaths are still being reported

April 9, 2017
Nigerian Tribune, NAIJ.COM

Nigeria to launch meningitis jab campaign as death toll jumps to 336

Nigeria is launching a mass vaccination campaign as part of its emergency response to an outbreak of meningitis in its north-western states as the death toll climbed to 336, with the number of suspected cases hitting 2,997, which represents 1,000 more than at the beginning of last week

April 4, 2017
April 5, 2017
The Citizen

Has the Meningitis Vaccine Failed? Outbreak in Africa Kills More Than 260 Nigerians

More than 260 people have died in Nigeria as a result of the country’s recent meningitis outbreak, eight times more than the number of deaths caused by the disease in 2016. In a series of tweets, Nigeria’s Center for Disease Control said there were 1,828 suspected cases of meningitis reported so far in 2017. Across the country’s 15 states, 269 Nigerians had died as of last Monday, compared to the 33 people killed by the disease in 2016

March 29, 2017
Newsweek, KBC TV

FG announces outbreak of a new disease in Nigeria

This strain, which is rare in Nigeria, is said to have entered the country from Niger. The outbreak of meningitis in Sokoto and Zamfra states requires a different type of vaccine, as it is a new strain and experts are working hard to contain it

March 19, 2017
March 17, 2017
Nigerian Bulletin

World facing gravest humanitarian crisis since 1945

The Financial Times reported on the UN announcement that the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War, with 20m people facing starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria

March 11, 2017
Financial Times, ABC.net
March 10, 2017
Voice of America, AlJazeera

Lassa fever breaks out in Borno after 48 years

Borno State, in north-eastern Nigeria, reports a first Lassa Fever outbreak in almost 48 years, with 20 people quarantined. MSF’s medical director said ‘there are dramatic gaps in healthcare’ whilst commenting on the displacement and violence in the area

March 3, 2017
Nigerian Pilot
July 3, 2017
Naija Loaded
February 27, 2017
Medicine Sans Frontieres

Lassa fever: 3 persons on admission in Bauchi

Four out of the five reported Lassa Fever cases in 2017 resulted in death. Now Bauchi’s main teaching hospital has identified a shortage of drugs and other needed equipment as being some of the remaining impediments hindering any successful treatment of the disease in the state

February 28, 2017
Daily Trust
March 1, 2017
Nigerian Pilot
February 25, 2017
Africa News

Non communicable diseases

Obesity, overweight rising among Nigerian children — STUDY

A new report entitled “The 2016 Nigerian Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth” has revealed a prevalence of overweight and obesity among Nigerian children. According to the report, schools are not complying with stipulated physical activity requirements and there was no change from the 2013 obesity figures

May 2, 2017
Nigeria Today

‘8 million Nigerians risk death from smoking’

About 8m Nigerians are estimated to be at risk of dying from smoking by 2030, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) warned. Citing WHO statistics and the Nigerian Global Adult Tobacco Survey, they lamented the poor enforcement of the existing Tobacco Control Act 2015 and expressed fear over the growing number of young people taking to smoking  

April 24, 2017
Nigerian Tribune

Obesity, being overweight rising among Nigerian children — STUDY

A new report called ‘2016 Nigerian Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth’ which focuses on physical activity as a major determinant of NCDs, has revealed a rising prevalence among Nigerian children of obesity and being overweight. Modelled after a similar Canadian report, the study highlighted that 12% of Nigerian children were obese and that schools were not complying with stipulated standards for physical activity for children

April 24, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria

'8 in 10 tuberculosis cases undetected in Nigeria'

Nearly eight out of every ten cases of tuberculosis go undetected, according to the National TB and Leprosy Control Programme

March 13, 2017
Daily Trust
March 9, 2017
Anadolu Agency

More than 100 million at risk of starvation globally - U.N. official

The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100m and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a UN official told Reuters Africa

March 4, 2017

Somalia says 110 dead in last 48 hours due to drought

Some 100 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhea resulting from drought, as the area braces itself for a widespread shortage of food

March 4, 2017

Health systems

Nigeria accounts for 2nd highest HIV/AIDS burden worldwide – NEPWAN

The Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria says Nigeria accounts for second highest HIV/AIDS burden worldwide after South Africa. Nigerians that died due to the disease would not have died if the government had taken up ownership of the fight by ensuring availability and access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and support programme. The country’s HIV response was largely donor driven with about 93 per cent of HIV funding sourced from external sources, however, Nigeria only contributed seven per cent of the funding

July 3, 2017
Nigerian Observer

Over 100 Million Nigerians Cannot Afford Treatment In Public Hospitals

Over 67 percent of Nigerians, which amounts to over a hundred million poor families, cannot afford to pay hospital bills for treatment of illnesses such as malaria in public health facilities, Speaker Yakubu Dogara has disclosed. He added that if Nigeria is to achieve its national health objective of providing health for all, a situation where poor and vulnerable families in Nigeria do not have access to basic health services must be addressed by extending the coverage of national health insurance to them

June 24, 2017
Naija News
June 22, 2017
Daily Post, The Cable, Ynaija.com

New partnership to increase access to cancer medicines in Kenya

Kenya is one of the countries that will benefit from market access agreements between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) with Pfizer Inc. and Cipla Inc. to expand access to sixteen essential cancer treatment medications, including chemotherapies. The other countries include Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The agreements will set competitive prices on the medicines, thus allowing African governments to realize substantial savings while improving the quality of available treatment

June 23, 2017
KBC Channel

Why African nations lack access to medicine despite rise in disease – Yakasai

The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and chairman of Pharmaplus Nigeria Limited, Ahmed Yakasai, said Africa remains a fertile region for the growth of the pharmaceutical industry, and that despite the rise in non-communicable and infectious disease in Africa, the region lacks access to medicines. He said, "Overall, 37 countries have some pharmaceutical production, and only South Africa has limited primary production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates. Local production in Africa therefore relies on imported active ingredients. As a result, the sustainability of African pharmaceutical sector remains highly contingent on foreign funding and manufacturing”

June 11, 2017
Daily Trust

Scarcity of safe, inexpensive blood fast-tracking deaths

Despite the establishment of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) – a national blood system designed to make blood affordable and adequately available at all times, millions across Nigeria still toil very hard to procure increasingly expensive blood. Nigeria needs about 1.8 million units of blood yearly to save people from dying during emergency medical care. This is a far cry from the 51,433 units provided by NBTS in 2016, according Dr. Toyin Smith. Blood obtained from other medical facilities, mainly through commercial blood donors and family replacement methods, were about 1.4 million units. This takes the total figure obtained from NBTS and other facilities to 1.5m units

June 11, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Indian origin charity gives healthcare to 3 million Nigerians

An Indian origin charitable organization, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF), has provided public healthcare to over three million disadvantaged children and adults in Nigeria, TCF achieved the feat in the past two decades through its three key programmes: Mission for Vision, Mission for Primary Health and Mission for Water

June 7, 2017
Economic Times

Nigerian government to set up vaccines joint venture with May & Baker

Nigeria’s cabinet approved a plan to set up a joint venture with pharmaceutical firm May & Baker Nigeria Plc, to produce vaccines, the health minister said, the JV will be based in Lagos, with the government holding a 49% stake and the pharmaceutical firm the rest. It will take off in 2017 and the final agreement will be signed within two weeks

May 31, 2017

Nigeria records short supply of Tuberculosis vaccine as Kaduna hosts 7th Africa vaccination week...

Nigeria is in need of more tuberculosis vaccine: Kaduna state health authorities said they have all vaccines in stock except the Bacilus Calmette-Guerin vaccine which is primarily used against tuberculosis

April 29, 2017
News Express

Deadlier than Ebola: 745 meningitis deaths expose Nigeria’s faulty healthcare system

The Nigerian media investigated the cerebro meningitis outbreak, visiting the hotspot in Zamfara state, and argued that the more than 700 deaths from meningitis expose Nigeria’s faulty healthcare system

April 23, 2017
Punch Nigeria, Premium Times
April 20, 2017

$1.1bn Required for Meningitis Vaccines as Deaths Rise to 328

The Nigerian government says it needs the sum of $1.1bn to be able to afford to vaccinate the 22 million people at risk of the current outbreak of Type C cerebro-spinal meningitis which is sweeping through five states and has already claimed hundreds of lives

April 4, 2017
This Day Live, AllAfrica.com
April 3, 2017
BBC News

SPECIAL REPORT: Leprosy patients, care givers tremble as key donor pulls out of Nigeria

Premium Times Nigeria reports on Dutch NGO, the Netherlands Leprosy Relief, and its decision to pull out of the country and close down its leprosy work, on which leprosy sufferers in the story depend. NLR admitted that its income has fallen sharply, as donors have given less in recent years. So, it has been forced to take the decision to scale-down its work to only five countries and close up in Nigeria and Vietnam

March 18, 2017
Premium Times

Communicable diseases

Nigeria adopts shorter treatment for drug-resistant Tuberculosis

Nigeria has adopted a new regimen that reduces the time required for the treatment of multi-drug-resistant TB from 20 months to about nine months.The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, flagged off the regimen when he commissioned the first extensive drug-resistant Tuberculosis ward and fully-equipped MDR ward at the University College Hospital, UCH, in Ibadan, Oyo State

July 4, 2017
Premium Times
July 7, 2017
TV 360 Nigeria

FG Declares Nigeria Meningitis Free

The Federal Government has officially declared Nigeria free from the latest ‘type c’ deadly Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) which has claimed thousands of lives since the outbreak in 2016. The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Oyewole disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council weekly meeting in Abuja. He said that there has been no polio case recorded for the year 2017 while cholera outbreak in Kwara State has fizzled out

June 28, 2017

U.S. supports families affected by HIV/AIDS in Lagos with N2.9 million

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria has awarded a N2.9 million micro grant to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in some part of Lagos state. The Mission gave the grant to 50 women caregivers to support the economic wellbeing of families, especially vulnerable children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, in five local communities in Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos. Under the U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program, a local non-governmental organisation, Blissful Life for Women and Children, will train the beneficiaries in business and vocational skills and trade mentorship, and will receive trade articles and supplies

June 23, 2017
Premium Times
June 25, 2017
June 24, 2017
Daily Post

Exclusive: With Nigeria's northeast facing famine, WFP funds could dry up in weeks – sources

Reuters reported that the UN World Food Programme could run out of funding to feed millions living on the brink of famine in Nigeria, thereby intensifying one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. With the money they have now WFP can only last until May 18th, a source told Reuters, although the WFP said it was reasonably certain it had funds to stretch to the end of June

April 14, 2017
March 17, 2017
Daily Star

Risk of mass starvation rising rapidly in Africa and Yemen - UNHCR

The UNHCR said it was raising its alarm level over the risk of 20 million people in East Africa facing famine higher than it was in February, when the call for international aid began. In South Sudan a further 1 million are on the brink of famine. Acute malnutrition rates are already very high, if you don’t help with worsening nutrition rates people die. In some places like north eastern Nigeria aid workers previously had zero access, due to Boko Haram militants. Now access is opening up and aid workers are going in they are discovering more need of an extreme nature and the risk of famine is rising further still

April 11, 2017

Era of self medication for fever is gone

Era of self medication for fever is gone given all the state is now currently facing

March 28, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria, Economic Times

41 million people in Nigeria without access to clean water —Water Aid Nigeria

To mark World Water Day, Water Aid Nigeria called for urgent action from the international community and the government to reach the 41m rural people in Nigeria without access to clean water. The organization called on governments to prioritize and fund water, sanitation and hygiene to fulfil fundamental human rights and to build communities’ resilience to extreme weather events and climate change

March 28, 2017
Nigerian Tribune, Nigerian Sun