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Friday, November 15, 2019

The First lady of Lagos State, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwoolu, received entourage from the Public Health Sustainable Advocacy Initiative (PHSAI) in an advocacy visit.
According to PHSAI, the visit was to advocate for ways to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health of young people in the state and also recognize the works of the first lady in promoting public health having served as Medical Director in Shomolu General Hospital, Lagos.
Ajayi Abiodun, Lagos State Coordinator – Life Planning for Adolescent and Youth (LPAY Champion) added that as part of the purpose of the visit, Sanwo-olu would be decorated as an FP / LPAY Champion as a leading voice that will help advocate for release of funds for Adolescent & Youth Friendly Services in the state to address the critical  issues facing young people.
“Champions were to make sure that key drivers give prompt attention to Adolescent and Youth programs in the State by providing life Planning skills training,” Abiodun said.
On her part, the First Lady acknowledged the work of NURHI 2 in the health sector of the State and observed that it, unfortunately, it is when the new administration is just gearing up that  NURHI2 project is winding up.
She stated that it is now a challenge as a concerned Government to practically own the health interventions even when NURHI2  and other Implementing Health Partners have gone.
Read more at: https://www.thelagosdaily.com/sanwo-olu-hosts-public-health-sustainable-...

Thursday, October 17, 2019

No fewer than 42 per cent of women in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria, suffer physical or verbal abuse, stigma or discrimination during childbirth.
According to new evidence from a World Health Organisation (WHO)-led study, published October 9, 2019 in the journal Lancet, more than one-third of women in the four lower-income countries experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities.
Younger, less-educated women were found to be the most at risk of mistreatment, which can include physical and verbal abuse, stigmatisation and discrimination, medical procedures conducted without their consent, use of force during procedures, and abandonment or neglect by health care workers.
Read more at:https://guardian.ng/features/health/42-of-women-in-nigeria-others-suffer...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Millions of children's  lives are being "cut short" because countries are failing to tackle health inequality, research has found. 
The study, published in Nature, mapped death rates at the district level in 99 low and middle-income countries and found that despite the huge progress made in cutting the number of child deaths over recent years, there are still great differences, even within the same country.
The study – the first to map death rates at such a targeted level – found that nearly half of the 5.4 million children under the age of five who died in 2017 would be alive today if countries improved the health of children in their worst performing districts to the same level as the best performing districts. 
The number of children dying before their fifth birthday has plummeted in the last 20 years, falling from 9.8 million deaths in 2000 to 5.4 million in 2017.
This fall has been put down to a range of factors including improved maternal and neonatal care, the widespread introduction of vaccines and improvements in the treatment of infectious diseases.
Read more at:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/childrens-...

Monday, October 14, 2019

A major barrier to accessing family planning commodities in the country is the out-of-pocket cost of consumables, especially at the local government supported primary healthcare centres (PHCs). But increasing budget lines for family planning as well their timely release would make needed services more accessible. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI

Living in Nigeria with a growing population estimated at 198 million by the National Population Commission (NpopC), it is common to hear about advocacy groups promoting the use of family planning to curb the exponential population.

Such advocacies are usually hinged on curbing population growth, which experts said was growing beyond available resources; it is also geared to highlight numerous health benefits that are associated with adopting and using family planning.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines family planning as something that “allows individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods.”

For instance, pregnancies that are too early, too close, too late or too many carry extra hazards not only for the health of the woman but also for the child. Based on these benefits and more, advocates of family planning raise the current level of awareness in this regard, while speaking positively for the adoption and use of family planning.

The highlighted points above are some of the issues discussed at the World Contraceptive Day 2019 Media Dialogue on Family Planning in Lagos State, which was organised by Pathfinder International Nigeria.

The World Contraception Day is a worldwide campaign observed annually on September 26, with the aim to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

The media forum sought amongst other issues, to unpack the significance of contraception, drive conversation with key cross-sectoral stakeholders in the Adolesecent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health (AYSRH) space with a view to securing more efficient funding for AYSRH in Lagos State.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Development Communications Network, a media support organization with resources to help journalists in reporting science, public health and social sector issues, has on Thursday called for support and empowerment, to give the girl child financial independence to reach her full potential.
DevComs Network, Program Director, Akin Jimoh, who made the call in a statement to commemorate Day of the Girl Child, added that “this would require a concerted efforts, as the Nigerian girl-child is in dire need of empowerment, financially independence, free quality education and skills acquisition to make them reach their full potentials without fear of intimidation.
Read more at:http://newswebexpress.com/day-of-the-girl-child-devcoms-calls-for-empowe...

Sunday, October 6, 2019

• Experts Call For Timely Release Of FP Fund, Youthful Enlightenment
The Federal Government’s target of reducing the high maternal and infant mortality rate by achieving a 27 percent modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) by 2020 remains a daunting task as the year winds down.
Meanwhile, the country’s maternal mortality remains one of the highest in the world with 576 deaths per 100,000 live births according to Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS, 2013).
It is known that family planning and precise modern contraceptives has the potential to reduce maternal mortality rate by 30 percent and infant mortality rate by 75 per cent.
Based on this, government in collaboration with key stakeholders have set a target of 27 per cent contraceptives use to reduce prevalence rate and set a standard to be achieved by 2020.
Read more at:https://guardian.ng/features/maternal-infant-mortality-race-to-2020-targ...

Monday, September 2, 2019

After a long fight by advocacy groups Nigeria introduced its first anti-discrimination law for people with disabilities in 2019. DW met amateur weightlifter Kingsley Newton and visited NGO Project Enable Africa to see how far social inclusion has come.

Read more at:https://www.dw.com/en/disabled-people-try-to-overcome-challenges-in-lago...

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The United Nations says thanks improved access to affordable, quality health services, the number of pregnant women or new mothers and young children who die each year has reduced.
In a statement on Thursday, Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization said “In countries that provide everyone with safe, affordable, high-quality health services, women and babies survive and thrive.”
Since the turn of the century, the number of deaths among children under the age of five has been cut almost in half to some 5.3 million worldwide last year.
Almost half of those deaths occurred during the first month of life, meaning that around 7,000 newborns still died every single day last year.
At the same time, the number of women dying due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth dropped by more than a third to around 295,000 in 2017, compared to 451,000 in 2000.
While this marks a huge improvement, some 800 women still died each day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth in 2017, the UN numbers showed.
In all, the statistics reveal that an estimated 2.8 million women and newborns die every year, mostly from preventable causes.
Read more at:https://www.tv360nigeria.com/global-child-maternal-death-reduces-un/

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has called for the establishment of an independent national body to handle issues of nutrition in the country. Sanusi who made the call at a Conference in Abuja on Wednesday, explained that if some communicable diseases could have national agencies, there should also be a body or an agency focusing on nutrition to address malnutrition in the country.

He said most diseases affecting children, had malnutrition as underline cause, hence the need to tackle that head on.

Read more: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/emir-of-kano-advocates-national-agency-for-nutrition.html

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

A UK-based Nigerian doctor, Dr Harvey Olufunmilayo, has decried the huge number of Nigerian doctors seeking greener pastures abroad.
Olufunmilayo, who practises in Leeds, said about 1,000 Nigerian doctors passed the Plab1 exam in March 2018 to enable them practice in the UK.
The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) had in January 2018 said that there were 4,000 patients to one doctor in Nigeria, describing the trend as unacceptable.
Olufunmilayo, who took to his Twitter handle, explained that four million Nigerian patients would be denied access to a doctor should the 1,000 doctors leave Nigerian shores.
He said, “In March, about 1,500 doctors wrote the Plab1 exam to work in the UK and about 1,000 passed. In a country that 1 doctor cares for about 4,000 patients; losing 1,000 doctors means 4million Nigerians will find it harder to see a doctor. We are playing with fire as a nation.
Read more at:https://www.herald.ng/nigeria-is-in-big-problem-uk-based-nigerian-doctor...