Sixty years after independence, Nigeria has yet to achieve its potential.
Sixty years after political independence, it is clear that Nigeria has not fulfilled its huge potential, but with a supportive public culture it can transform that into success.
Corruption in the health sector in Nigeria takes many forms.
RTI International/Ruth McDowall
Corruption in Nigeria’s health sector can be eliminated by the implementation of a few simple strategies.
Many women in African countries who are medically required to have caesarean sections aren’t able to access them due to weak health systems and a lack of resources.
The Lagos State Government has banned street hawkers from plying their trade.
Street hawkers are transient, resilient and adaptive. Any attempt to evict them, they will keep changing their strategies, location and mode of operation as it is economically motivated.
Nigerian women who formed part of the country’s previous polio immunisation campaign.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
A new polio outbreak in Nigeria has hampered the country’s efforts to be declared polio free by 2017.
A Nigerian woman purchases a mosquito net from a medical supply vendor.
Arne Hoel / World Bank
They not only bear the heaviest burden of malaria on the continent: Nigerians are also paying the most for services related to the disease.
In Nigeria some children who are branded as witches suffer severe abuse.
In many parts of Nigeria, children are branded as witches and suffer abuse and even abandonment. Religion and poverty are thought to play a role.
In Nigeria most people have to pay for healthcare out of their own pockets.
Antiretroviral treatment has been free at Nigeria’s health facilities. But the other costs involved for those living with HIV, such as transport and food, have been problematic.
Several indigenous child-rearing practices have helped babies develop strong immune systems to ward off allergies. These should be actively promoted.
Despite Nigeria’s success in eradicating polio, it is struggling to get a grip on mother and child vaccinations.
Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole has a great deal of fixing to the country’s primary healthcare system.
Newly appointed Nigerian Health Minister Isaac Adewole is focused on providing primary healthcare services.
Young women in Kano, northern Nigeria. Access to cancer screening in the region is particularly problematic.
Women in northern Nigeria are not going for cancer screenings early enough. There are myriad social, cultural and economic reasons for this. But early detection would save their lives.
The number of child street hawkers is on the rise in Nigeria.
Children who hawk goods on their heads on Nigeria’s streets face an array of health hazards and physical dangers. The government must take steps to reduce this practice.