Improving Malaria Case Management with Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Rural Health Care Settings in Nigeria


The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all suspected malaria cases be parasitologically confirmed before treatment. In Nigeria, the lack of adequately skilled laboratory scientists; unavailability of high resolution light microscopes; and unstable power supply, particularly in rural settings, make it difficult to abide by this recommendation, and have been key factors fueling the large proportion of fever cases being presumptively treated as malaria. This practice leads to over-prescription of artemisinin‑based combination therapy (ACTs), treatment failures arising from wrongly diagnosed cases, and wastage of ACTs. Of particular concern is the increased chance of resistance to treatment, which would be a great threat to the ongoing progress to combat malaria in Nigeria. (more…)


Equity in education: Evidence for investments in the SDG era


Nothing has inspired me more than the sacrifices I have seen African parents make to send their children to school. In Swaziland in the 1990s, I calculated that a typical rural family spent over 60 percent of its disposable income to pay for school fees, books and uniforms. The reason families are willing to devote so much to educate their children was summed up by the pioneering American educator Horace Mann in 1848, when he wrote, “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” (more…)


A Farwell Tribute Pharmacist Mohammed Abdulkareem Habeeb


We were saddened to learn of the passing of our dear colleague, Pharmacist Mohammed Abdulkareem Habeeb. His demise came as a shock to his FHI 360 and Howard University family and so many others who loved and cherished him. Just as the late Habeeb once said, “the passing of someone that one knows is so shocking. May the Almighty Allah accept our prayers and give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.” (more…)


Against All Odds; Mentoring Awakens Adolescent Girl’s Resolve


In March 2016, over one thousand adolescent boys and girls enrolled in the Four Pillars PLUS project school mentoring program and since May, sessions have held across project schools on a bimonthly basis. Rachael, a 13-year-old student of Government Secondary School, Federal Housing Estate, Calabar is one of the mentees on the project. Here, she shares her story: (more…)