Ownership, sustainability and maintenance: Roadmap to context appropriate outcomes

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Maintenance for sustainability relates to keeping something in proper working condition or routinely functional. Thus, the fun saying Nigerians need to improve their culture of maintenance, which includes overhaul or fixing anything that become out of order. In health services, maintenance relates to keeping a lifeline routinely functional, as in providing maintenance doses of medications or keeping healthcare infrastructure or systems routinely functional, sustainable and devoid of interruptions. In this article, project ownership and maintenance will be used interchangeably and as precursor for sustainability. The article relates to the maintenance of both physical health infrastructure and provision of uninterrupted health services across states. (more…)

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Early grade reading: Dealing with the core issues in Zamfara State

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In my previous edition, I unveiled the substance behind some words of wisdom said by a Royal Father: When the sun shines, no hand can hide the glow! In this edition, I will highlight the key theme that emerged from the launch of the Reading and Numeracy Activity (RANA) project in Zamfara State. RANA project is implemented by Family Health International (FHI360) in partnership with the Government and communities of Zamafara State, and funding from the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF). The RANA project team is composed of FHI360, Federation of Muslim Women’s  Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNi) and HRG. The three year project aims to improve reading and numeracy in about 100 schools (public and integrated Quranic schools) in 3 local government areas of Zamfara State – (Bungudu, Kaura Namoda and Tsafe). (more…)

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RANA: When the sun shines, no hand can hide the glow!

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My previous article highlighted the strengths of indigenous organizations in promoting stakeholders engagement and their influences on the political economy of Nigeria. In this edition, I will highlight the commitments made by very important dignitaries to champion the course of reading and numeracy in Katsina State. Installed as Reading Champions on February 02, 2016, during the ceremony to launch the Reading and Numeracy Activity (RANA) project in Katsina State were Her Excellency, the Wife of Katsina State Governor; the Secretary to Katsina State Government, Dr. Mustapha Mohammed Inuwa; the District Head of Rimi, Alhaji Nuhu Abdulkadir, the District Head of Kankia, Alhaji Musa Hassan Sada; and the District Head of Batsari, Alhaji Tukur Muazu Ruma. (more…)

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Today is World Cancer Day (4th February)

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What is World Cancer Day?

A truly global event taking place every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. (more…)

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