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 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…)


The challenges of working in a fragile state: Northeast Nigeria (audio)


The ongoing insurgency in northeast Nigeria is the single most important threat to health care services across the region. Delivering critical HIV/AIDS services to this area is a priority for FHI 360’s Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In this audio interview, SIDHAS Deputy Chief of Party for Management, Ms. Ola Ogunnusi, interviews two State Program Managers who operate in northeast Nigeria: Mr. Murtala Umar from Adamawa and Mr. Mansa Adamu from Borno. They describe the challenges of working in a conflict area where the health care infrastructure and facilities are lacking.