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Group tells President appoint Special Adviser on HIV/AIDS

President Muhammadu Buhari (courtesy
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A group, Society for Women and Children Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (SOWCHAN), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a Special Adviser on HIV/AIDS.


The group also condemned the government’s poor attitude towards the funding of the HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.


SOWCHAN made its demands on Tuesday, November 29, after invading the Abuja venue of the National Conference on HIV Prevention in Nigeria.


Osinbajo starts campaign to end child marriage

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has launched a nationwide campaign to end to end child marriage, making Nigeria the 16th country to join an African Union campaign to end the practice by 2030.


Nearly one out of every two girls in Nigeria is married off under age of 18, making Nigeria the country with the world’s highest number of child brides.


Nigeria committed to ending all forms of harmful practices, including child marriage, against women and girls at an African Union summit in 2014, in line with Sustainable Development Goals.


Worried about prevalence of child marriage in Northern Nigeria, Government moves to stop practice

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, says about 65 per cent of children below 18 years were forced into marriage in the Northern region.
Ms. Alhassan made this known in Abuja at the launch of national campaign on ending child marriage in Nigeria.
She said that the detrimental consequences of child marriage on children, women, families, communities and nations at large were evident.

USAID/SHOPS Counts Gains Of Family Planning/Maternal Child Health Services In Nigeria

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported program in Nigeria; Strengthening Health Outcomes Through Private Sectors (ShOPS) said it has improve the quality and sustainability of family planning and maternal and child health services in Nigeria through the private sector participation.

Experts worry over high rate of diabetes, obesity

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

MEDICAL experts have aurged Nigerians to cultivate healthy lifestyle as part of measures to prevent exposure to various forms of non-communicable diseases.


The experts who spoke in Lagos at the Sunfit 2016 Fitness and Health week programme, tasked government to put in place health friendly policies.


Nigerian lawmakers, seeking expanded health budgeting, point at “bureaucracy” as obstacle

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nigerian legislators from the Senate and House Committees on Health, Appropriation, and National Planning who are attending a legislative retreat in Johannesburg, South Africa, on budgeting for health, remarked on Monday that bureaucracy is the key obstacle to implementing the mandatory 15 per cent budgetary allocation to the health sector.

UN fixes 2030 to end AIDS scourge

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ahead of the 2016 World AIDS Day, outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the organisation is working toward ending the AIDS scourge by 2030.


“The United Nations is working worldwide to end AIDS by 2030,” Ban said on Monday in New York in his message for World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1.


Ban said 35 years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community could look back with some pride.


Kaduna: Lessons in healthcare reforms

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Our programmes are structured to ensure that a pregnant woman does not die due to her inability to access quality services during pregnancy and childbirth, that a child is not lost from preventable diseases, that communities are not overburdened with endemic diseases, and that community linkages are harnessed and promoted.” – Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State.



Only 13.9% of women access family planning in Nasarawa

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Programme Manager HERFON, Dr. Hassana Adamu has said only 13.9 percent of women of reproductive age in Nasarawa state, have access to contraceptives which is far below the national target of 26 percent.


Adamu who said there is need to scale up the budget for family planning, attributed the low adoption rate in Nasarawa State to lack of policy guidelines and poor budget allocation in the State.


FG set to launch campaign to end child marriage

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Federal Government in Abuja on Monday announced plans to launch a campaign to end child marriage and other related harmful traditional practices in the country.
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. Aisha Alhassan said this during a media briefing.
Alhassan said the move was borne out of the resolution by African leaders to end child marriage during the 25th African Union Ordinary Session of Heads of State in June 2015.