Category: Blog

World Mental Health Day, 2017: The Time to Address Mental Health in Nigeria is Now

Posted by cheluchi - April 7, 2017 - Blog, Mental Health, Non-Communicable Diseases, Opinion Column
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Recent events in Nigeria have brought to the fore the need to pay attention to mental health issues in the country. The suicide of a doctor on Third Mainland Bridge in March 2017, the suicides and attempted suicides of young persons in universities in the country, and the attempted suicides of older women in Lagos, […]

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CHELD appointed to the National Technical Working Group on the National Health Act, 2014

Posted by - May 7, 2015 - Blog, News & Events
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One of the highlights for universal health coverage in Nigeria and for using the instrumentality of law to promote better health outcomes was the passage and the Presidential Assent to the National Health Act, in late 2014.  There is much hope that this Act will fulfil its promises to ensure that every Nigeria receives a […]

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Nigeria’s National Health Act and the Promise of Universal Health Coverage

Posted by - March 20, 2015 - Blog, Child Health and Survival, Community Health, Human Resources for Health
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Recently, I found myself stupefied by a statement by Dr Femi Thomas, the Executive Director of the NHIS on the amounts spent on health versus the amounts needed for universal health coverage in Nigeria. Currently we expend about 2.5 trillion naira, which includes premiums for national health plans, monies spent out of pockets and various […]

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Violence Against Women in Nigeria and the Need for a Women’s Fund

Posted by - February 9, 2015 - Blog, Domestic Violence, Gender-Based Violence
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It is early in 2015 but several cases of domestic abuse and violence have already reached CHELD’S doors. What many of these cases have in common aside from the abuse is financial considerations.  Financial issues have featured prominently in the stories we have heard about abuse ranging from husbands preventing their wives from working or/and […]

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Nigeria’s National Policy for Mental Health Delivery 2013

Posted by - February 5, 2015 - Blog, Mental Health
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“There are less than 150 psychiatrists in the country (around 1 per 1 million population) and very few neurologists., with many newly trained specialists leaving the country to work abroad. There are around 5 psychiatric nurses per 100,000 population and only very few other mental and neurological health professionals like clinical psychologists, social workers, neurophysiotherapists, […]

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Health in 2015: Making Every Life Count

Posted by florida - January 19, 2015 - Blog
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2014 was a remarkable year in the Nigerian health sector’s history. The first positive thing that comes to the minds of most people is the effective containment of the Ebola Virus Disease, which still inspires instinctive gratitude and laudatory comments. The heroism of Dr Stella Adadevoh will not easily be forgotten nor will government action […]

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On Ebola: Going Forward

Posted by - December 30, 2014 - Blog, EPAS Series
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As terrifying as the Ebola virus is, the Nigerian experience has shown that it is both possible and advantageous to strengthen national capacities to manage and contain the spread of the disease. Another important lesson is that disease-centered capacity-building can be locally-generated, and adaptable to different kinds of outbreaks. The process of strengthening national capacity should […]

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POST EBOLA HOUSEKEEPING FOR NIGERIA

Posted by - December 22, 2014 - Blog, EPAS Series
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The euphoria of Nigeria being Ebola free is yet to subside, despite fears of possible reintroduction of the disease into Nigeria amidst raging infection rates in neighbouring West African countries. The death toll of the present Ebola epidemic is so alarming that there is really little to celebrate, upon consideration that Nigeria’s borders are porous.Already […]

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Conversations on Domestic Violence

Posted by - December 14, 2014 - Blog, Domestic Violence, Gender-Based Violence, News & Events
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To commemorate, the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women, The Centre for Health Ethics Law and Development (CHELD) hosted another edition of its Conversations on Domestic Violence on Saturday December 6, 2014. This event was held in the lovely ambience of Ginger Tapas Bar and Grill, one of the sponsors of the […]

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The National Health Act

Posted by florida - December 11, 2014 - Blog
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The National Health Act has been ten years in the making, as chronicled in this Nigeria Health Watch piece written by Felix Abraham Obi. The harmonised version was passed by both the lower and upper house of the National Assembly and submitted to President Goodluck Jonathan for assent on October 28th 2014. After nearly two months of advocacy […]

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