Implementation of the National Mental Health Act 2021: Urgent Call for the Establishment of the Department of Mental Health Services and the Composition of the Mental Health Assessment Committee

1.1           Introduction Prior to the operational commencement of the National Mental Health Act 2021 on 28th December 2022, the Lunacy Act 1958[1] regulated mental health disorders in Nigeria. The Lunacy Act 1958 began as a lunacy Ordinance 1916. The quest for comprehensive mental health legislation that aligns with contemporary best practices can be traced to…

Nigeria’s Path to Vision 2030 on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) The destructive traditional practice known as female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the removal of the external female genitalia entirely or in part, along with other injuries to the female genital organs performed for non-medical reasons. Each country has its justifications for female genital mutilation (FGM) even though female genital mutilation (FGM)…

Capacity Building on Victim-Centred and Rights-Based Approaches in The Provision of Services to Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime and a violation of the fundamental human rights of the victims. The five (5) states in the northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria have witnessed a surge in cross-border human trafficking and exploitation due to the large and mostly unmanned borders some of these States share with the Niger Republic. These…

International Women’s Day: DigitAll: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality

On this year’s International Women’s Day, we reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality in the health and development sectors. We stand with women and girls around the world and celebrate their incredible resilience and strength. This year’s theme, DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality, highlights the power of technology to accelerate progress towards…

Enhancing Cross-Border Co-operation on Border Management and Counter Trafficking Between Niger and Nigeria

In continuation of CHELD’s training activities for organizations (state and non-state actors) providing services to Victims of Trafficking in the Northwest, with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), we conducted a 4-day training in Kano State.   The aim of the training was to equip services with basic knowledge of service provision through…

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International Migrants Day 2022

Lack of human security and opportunities and other factors such as conflicts, persecution, environmental degradation, and climate change contribute to migration.[1] Regardless of the reason, migrants are among society’s most vulnerable and marginalised groups. They are frequently abused and exploited and have limited access to essential services such as healthcare.[2] On this International Migrant Day, governments are…

Addressing the Diabetes Burden in Nigeria through Policy and Health Education

Diabetes is among the top range non-communicable diseases (NCD) affecting the highly productive segments of the Nigerian populace. It is a metabolic disorder of chronic hyperglycaemia, which is characterized by disturbances to carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism resulting from absolute or relative insulin deficiency resulting in dysfunction of the organ systems.[1] It is a chronic incurable…