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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Lagos State Government has called for increase participation of private health facilities in family planning services to enable the state achiever a target of 74 percent contraceptive prevalent rate, CPR, by 2020. 
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Monday, February 11, 2019

ABUJA – “I had all my children at home with the assistance of traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Luckily, there were no complications, and so I am alive with my children. However, many women in this community who developed complications and died during childbirth were buried with their children, dead or alive,” said a nursing mother, Hajia Hassan.
A mother of four, Hajia Hassan lives in Bassa Kuomo, an ancient community in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The people in this community are said to be the original inhabitants of Gwagwalada before it became the Federal Capital Territory. The community of about 12,000 inhabitants lacks government’s presence; be it healthcare, water, light, roads and other amenities. Poverty is well pronounced as it stinks in the air in this community made up of people predominantly peasant farmers with low yields.
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Sunday, January 20, 2019

It is not unusual to find teenagers being delivered of babies. And Nigeria is not an exception. And sadly, too, the situation seems to be taking on a serious trend among teenagers aged 13-18 in particular. GABRIEL OLAWALE investigated this phenomenon and interacted with some of the affected teenagers. Expressing ignorance and naivety, they described their predicament as their own way out of societal menace caused by poverty, peer-pressure and parental deprivation. Medical experts, however, suggest that extensive health education, adequate parental care and inculcation of moral values are some of the measures to curb the growing incidence of teenage pregnancy in the country.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019


Development Communications Network (@Devcoms) in collaboration with Stop TB Partnership Nigeria (@StopTBNigeria) launches a one-month social media campaign on Tuberculosis today 17th January, 2019. The tuberculosis campaign tagged “Speak Out! Stop Tuberculosis in Nigeria” #SOSTBNaija is hosting Richard Mofe-Damijo as the first speaker in a tweet chat.
Campaign time: 11-12 noon. (Every Thursday)

Below are the campaign messages and also quick facts on Tuberculosis in Nigeria




  • According to @WHO 432 people die daily in Nigeria due to #Tuberculosis which ranks Nigeria as having the 2nd highest incidence rate in Africa and 7th among the 30th high TB burden countries in the world .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • .@WHO estimated that about 400,000 people in Nigeria have TB each year. This is a huge burden we all need to "speak out to stop tuberculosis in Nigeria" .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • Among the challenges are how to find the remaining 300,000 cases which are still undetected by the health sector. Of the total 400,000 cases, only 100,000 were reported. Speak out .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • It has been said that “achieving the reduction in TB incidence rate for attainment of the 90-90-90 target of the END TB strategy will be a mirage, if something drastic is not done.” –  .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  •  According to @WHO it’s one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, killing 1.7 million people in 2016 .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • Tuberculosis is usually preventable and curable under the right conditions. Persistent cough, unexplained fatigue, fever, night sweats, appetite loss, weight loss are all symptoms of #TB Be aware!!! .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA


  • To end #Tuberculosis in Nigeria we all need to be aware, stand up, speak out and let people know TB is real, preventable and also curable .@Devcoms .@StopTBNigeria #SOSTBNAIJA

Join the conversation tomorrow by 11 a.m. with @RmofeDamijo by following  us on and help spread the messages with hashtag #SOSTBNaija. Thank You. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In 2016, Mrs Mummy Nkoronye was full on joy and expectations as she shopped for baby items and made plans on how to travel to the village in December to present her “new’’ baby, as it is customary, to her mother in-law.
But when she went into labour at a health facility in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, no one expected that it would be a tough one.
That was her fourth journey to the labour room; the labour was prolonged and she wasn’t advised to take another alternative or intervention.
Unfortunately, her husband was not immediately available at the hospital to decide on what measure could have been taken.
Her sister in-law, who narrated the account to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the health workers lack of sense of urgency aggravated the matter.
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

In recent times, the advocacy for family planning has become crucial as demand for reproductive, and population reduction, economic, health care grows.
There is no doubt anymore that the benefits of family planning are numerous and if properly executed will go a long way in enabling countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At the July 11, 2017 Family Planning Summit in London, U.K., the  Federal Government of Nigeria updated its commitment and pledged to achieve a modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) of 27 per cent among all women by 2020.
The 2017 Family Planning Summit was a forum of network of partners to bring local actions and solutions to scale, particularly for populations that have traditionally been left behind on family planning, such as adolesscents and youth, and women and girls in humanitarian situations.
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Watch this #MNCHdocumentary produced by @notagaincampaig and supported by Macarthur Foundation.
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Saturday, October 27, 2018

In view of the curfew imposed in Kaduna state by the state government over crisis, the Health4All Media Initiative (HAMI) has urged residents to guard against unplanned pregnancies.
HAMI in a press statement issued Saturday in Kaduna and signed by its Secretary, Sola Ojo said the call is informed by the fact that due to the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government, there is the natural possibility of increase in sexual activities amongst both the married and unmarried.
He however urged all men, women who are sexually active, be they married or unmarried to please consider the use of family planning commodities that suit them saying, “This is to forestall the ripple effects of having unplanned pregnancies which plays a huge role in the reason why the state finds itself in an unpleasant situation today.”
He noted that the benefits of the family planning range from not only the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and unsafe abortions but also to guide against unplanned pregnancies that can ultimately lead to uncared-for-children as evident in the number of street urchins, vagrants and young drug addicts seen on streets today.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

ollowing the intervention of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) in the renovation of Family Planning (FP) clinics in Lagos state, there has been increased number of FP users at Ajeabo and Palm Avenue Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Mushin. LEADERSHIP recently visited those areas and found out that since NURHI 72 hours makeover of the FP units in some PHCs across Lagos, more women of reproductive age have come to realize the importance of FP.
Speaking with our correspondent, FP user at Ajeabo PHC, Mrs. Balogun Fausiat, disclosed that she opted for the Implanol method after she was counseled by the FP provider. “I was using this place as my general clinic and every time I come here for my baby’s immunization, a nurse would talk about FP. One day, I decided to make enquiries about the FP services. After being counseled, I was given the Implanol. The Implanol method has been good, there is no side effect.

“At first when I came for FP, I was actually scared because of the myths and misconceptions, but I decided to talk to some women in my community who educated me on the benefits of FP to my health, my family and the society at large.” As to why the sudden increase in the uptake of FP, the Senior Nursing officer at Palm Avenue Primary Health Centre, Mrs. Ilavbare Omotayo told LEADERSHIP that NURHI’s intervention in the renovation of the FP clinic of the health centre has greatly improved the accessibility and acceptance of FP in the area.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

When Mama Adekunle, as she is fondly called, heard the news of the birth of a child to her son, she did what most new grandmothers in Nigeria do – she rushed over to perform her traditional duty of taking care of the new mother and child.
This duty includes passing knowledge to the new mother on how to bathe the child and take care of its umbilical cord.
According to Mama, the umbilical cord needs to heal properly, to avoid stomach pain for the child.
“It can also lead to health complications for the child in the future if it is not well taken care of. As such, we use a napkin heated on a (bush) lantern to press the umbilical cord until it (the top) falls off. We continue this for about three months. By then we are sure that the navel would have healed,” she said.