At the start of the UN General Assembly this week in New York, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stepped into an “air pollution pod” and visibly struggled to breathe.   This is often our first thought of…

In September 2017, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control faced an outbreak of monkeypox—a disease unseen in our country for nearly 40 years. The skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms of this “cousin to smallpox” caused great concern in communities. Misleading…

Western countries pluck many of Nigeria’s best doctors for plum jobs, leaving retired nurses, community health workers, and newly graduated doctors do the heavy lifting in public hospitals.   African countries have spent $4.6 billion to educate doctors hired by the UK, US,…

HIV prevalence in Nigeria is about 4%. But among gay men and MSM this figure is more like 30% with untold numbers of men—and the women they marry to avoid suspicion—unaware of their status.   Stigma means that many will not seek health services, while a lack of training for…

A traditional post-natal practice in parts of Nigeria—pressing a napkin heated on a lantern on the umbilical cord until it falls off—is one reason Nigeria still struggles with preventable neonatal tetanus.   The problem is that sometimes the lanterns are rusted, and the…

Our work is based on science and trust, on our ability to communicate reliable information—and on having people believe that information is real. We help Tanzanians change their behaviors to protect themselves from malaria by laying out the advantages of sleeping under…

Neglected tropical diseases like waterborne Bilharzia, or Schistosomiasis, prey on Nigeria’s poor, rural communities—but the country’s ability to fight disease should not be underestimated, writes Mark Doyle.

Attacks on health care killed nearly 400 patients and health workers in 2017 across 23 countries—and that’s likely a vast underestimate, found the latest report by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.

210,000 barrels of crude oil are produced each day in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The lead-laced soot spewing from those plants, plus pollution from petrochemical plants and asphalt factories, have seen residents endure oil spills, acid rain, gas flares and hospitals…

Meeting the unmet need for contraception could reap huge economic rewards by 2030, according to an analysis of the potential benefits of reaching the FP2020 and SDG family planning targets. India could save $89.7 billion. Nigeria, $12.9 billion.