Drug Resistant TB treatment center spurs government into action


The Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Kano is located in Fagge local government area of Kano State and services the entire population in North West Nigeria. The health facility is one of the three drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) treatment centers established by FHI 360, in collaboration with the NTBLCP and with funding from the USAID. (more…)


The Nigeria Institute for Medical Research gets world class DR-TB laboratory


The Nigeria Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is a centre of excellence in basic, applied and operational research for the promotion of national health and development in Nigeria. To position it to play greater roles in DR-TB diagnosis, treatment monitoring and research, FHI360, in partnership with the NTBLCP and funding from USAID, strategically established a high-tech bio-safety level 3 (BSL-3) reference laboratory in NIMR. (more…)


Silver lining in a dark cloud: Community DR-TB at work in Kano State


Maikudi was one of the most boisterous young men in his village, and although not opportune to have acquired any significant formal education, he still transcended above this limitation to engage in small businesses which generated considerable income. At a young age of 24, he travelled to far away Abuja in search of profitable businesses mostly dealing in electronics and often returns home with enough money to cater for his family. He loves his mum and relatives adore him because of his kind nature. (more…)


Changing the Landscape: My thoughts on the Rapid PMTCT Scale Up


Greetings from the ‘madhouse’. I won’t tell you where this madhouse is situated. I can describe what goes on in there however. It is a place where dreams and visions are conceptualized, analyzed, re-analyzed and re-conceptualized. Thereafter these ideas and dreams become mandates, objectives, and hard-set goals with screaming timelines. It is a place where humanitarian efforts to improve lives and save babies are executed in emergency mode.

The ‘madhouse’ core team sits round the table in the situation room, much like a scene in the action thriller series ‘24’ where the president and his advisors strategize on the best way to deliver on deliverables. The roundtable decides intelligence must be gathered. Assessors are enlisted like soldiers for an army. They go out to gather intelligence. Hard core data dug up from the rugged trenches of the primary healthcare delivery landscape. They scan and scope every nook and cranny of 8 states, guided by Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) devices, facility lists and eager, semi-motivated Local Government Area (LGA) tour guides. The vehicles maneuver through nightmarish terrain. Daily reports are generated and transmitted to the ‘situation room’ where data is analyzed and plans are hatched. (more…)