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NIGERIA Effective Family Planning And Male Involvement

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Engaging men in Family Planning (FP) has been found to directly influence the partner’s reproductive health choices, decision-making and behaviours.
While there have been few published evaluations of interventions that seek to address the promotion of male involvement in family planning, evidence indicates that most men in Nigeria have a positive attitude towards family planning but are faced with barriers to their participation.

DEVCOM, NURHI partner New Telegraph to curb maternal death

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Determined to curb maternal mortality in the country, Development Communications Network (DEVCOM) in partnership with Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) yesterday sought partnership of New Telegraph to promote family planning services.
DEVCOM Programme Director, Akin Jimoh, who disclosed this in Lagos, said the country was losing many of women to complications arising from pregnancy and child birth, saying if family planning was effectively deployed by people of reproductive age, it would avert many unintended pregnancies as well as prevent unsafe abortions.

Nigeria calls for steps to reduce mother, child mortality

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Abuja, June 15 (IANS/MAP) The Nigerian has called on states and healthcare agencies to redouble their efforts on reducing maternal and infant mortality in the country.
National Primary Health Care Development Agency's Executive Director Faisal Shuaib said on Thursday that whatever primary healthcare agencies were doing in their states was not working.

PROFILE: The life and times of Babatunde Osotimehin

Monday, June 5, 2017

Babatunde Osotimehin was a global leader of public health, women’s empowerment and young people, particularly focused on promoting human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as population and development. After his appointment as UNFPA Executive Director, effective 2011, he spearheaded efforts by the international community to advance the milestone consensus of the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in 1994.

We have the right medicine – now we need the commitment

Monday, June 5, 2017

Widely acclaimed as a breakthrough in reducing maternal mortality ratios, tranexamic acid offers a glimmer of hope to the millions of women around the world at risk of dying during childbirth every year. This new drug presents clear evidence that we have the knowledge and technology to save lives: the challenge now is its distribution and effective implementation in regions at greatest risk.

Nigeria: Beyond the Status Quo - Using Impact Evaluation Research to Drive Innovation and Improve Outcomes in Health

Thursday, June 1, 2017

This week's blog was co-written by the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) team at the World Bank. Here they share their experience at a workshop in Lagos sharing how Impact Evaluation (IE) can be used to assess how intervention projects are able to affect development outcomes. IE has become an important tool in evidence based policy-making, enabling development agencies and institutions to accountably evaluate development programme outcomes and assess their impact on people's lives.
"How can we achieve better health outcomes in Nigeria?"

Nigeria requires $85.5m to treat malnourished children – UNICEF

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said Nigeria requires $85.5 million to address malnutrition of about two million children in dire need of treatment.
UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Bauchi Zone, Mrs. Philomena Irene, disclosed this at a media dialogue held on Wednesday in Yola, Adamawa, with the theme: “Investing in Child’s Malnutrition for the Future.”
Irene noted that the treatment of a malnourished child with Ready-To-Use-Therapeutic-Food (RUTF) would span through eight to 12 weeks, depending on the severity of the condition.

USAID, UNICEF tackle water shortage, malnutrition in northwest

Friday, May 12, 2017

In a move to provide support for the country’s perennial water shortage, the Mission Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Stephen Haykin has said that over 57 million Nigerians lack access to potable water in Nigeria.
Besides, the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai and his Bauchi State counterpart, Mohammed Abubakar have commended the USAID in embarking on the project to improve water supply in the two states.

Nigeria should increase taxes on sugary, processed foods to check malnutrition – Global Panel

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, has appealed to the federal government to increase taxes on sugary and processed foods to combat malnutrition in the country.
Sandy Thomas, the Director of the panel, made the appeal at a discussion on nutrition in Abuja on Wednesday.
She expressed regret over the increasing number of malnourished and stunted children especially in the North East and North West of the country as a result of the consumption of those foods.

Nigeria: Two in Three Children Not Eating Right Food - NDHS

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Two out of every three Nigerian child are not eating the right food suitable for their health, the latest National Demographic Health Survey reveals.
Revealing this at the start of a three-day capacity building workshop for health editors and reporters on challenges in the health and nutrition sector in Nigeria, organised by the Civil Society Sacling Up Nutrition un Nigeria (CS-SUNN) and PACFaH in Kaduna, the programme director CS-SUNN, Beatrice Eluaka said, malnutrition has become endemic in Nigeria and no part of the country is immune to the problem of malnutrition.