The recently published Lancet Nigeria Commission (LNC) generates landmark evidence on the country’s health system gaps and context-appropriate policy options to transform Nigeria’s health sector landscape. The findings and recommendations presented in the document are particularly important at this point considering Nigeria’s forthcoming general elections that come with a potential policy-reset window for the Read More

  By Sekinat Sanusi Program Officer, DGI Consult   Background Universal health coverage is a top priority on the global development agenda as evidenced by its inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the widespread global support for universal health coverage, Nigeria is progressing at a slow pace in achieving this goal, largely due to Read More

    By Esther Okunola Program Officer, DGI Consult   Background Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s most lethal infectious disease and the second highest cause of mortality, despite being treatable and preventable. Nigeria has the second greatest TB burden in Africa, accounting for up to two-thirds of all TB cases worldwide. In Nigeria, approximately 440,000 Read More

  “Development Governance International (DGI) Consult is glad to be a founding member of the UHC 2023 Forum which is a coalition of a wide array of stakeholders (including donor agencies, development partners, Civil Society Organizations and the Media) working towards raising the political prioritization of health in Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general elections”.   Background Nigeria has Read More

  By Ayomide Adewoyin Program Officer, DGI Consult Background Nigeria, with an estimated population of 208 million people, is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. With an annual population growth rate of 2.58% and a total fertility rate of 5.3 births per woman, the country is Read More

The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has launched the global community into a health crisis of an unanticipated magnitude, with far-reaching socio-economic consequences. The vulnerability of the Nigerian economy to global shocks and the country’s suboptimal level of preparedness and response to epidemics was exposed by the associated economic and health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Signing the National Health Bill into an Act at the twilight of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in 2014 was greeted with euphoria largely because it paved the way for implementation of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). The euphoria was understandable because the BHCPF was envisaged to play a pivotal role in transforming Nigeria’s unenviable Read More

Nigeria’s Huge TB burden is largely attributable to the wide gap in financing TB activities articulated in the National TB Strategic Plan; in 2018, only a quarter of funds needed for TB implementation was mobilized. Domestic financing accounted for less than 10% of the annual budget for TB in Nigeria, which stood in sharp contrast Read More

Government spending on health in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) falls short of recommended benchmarks needed to make significant progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). As a case in point, Lesotho was the only SSA country that spent up to 5% of its GDP on health in 2018, while there was no country in the region that Read More

Introduction Monumental socio-economic devastation caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic brings to the fore the need to further engender and prioritize health security policy and funding globally and locally. The Nigeria Health Security landscape has witnessed considerable transformations in the last couple of years with significant investment in epidemic prevention, detection and treatment by the Read More

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