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31 Dec 2007 description

The practice of FGM is widespread covering practically every state of the Federation though in varying magnitude from infancy to adulthood. Some socio-cultural determinants have been identified as supporting this avoidable practice. It has not been possible to determine when or where the tradition of FGM originated. It is still deeply entrenched in the Nigerian society, where critical decision makers are grandmothers, mothers, women, opinion leaders, men and age groups.

18 Dec 2007 description

NORTHERN NIGERIA - In her third trip to Nigeria as Spokesperson for the Campaign to End Fistula, Natalie Imbruglia - singer/actress and face of L'Oreal cosmetics - saw first-hand how funds she raised are making a difference in the lives of women and their communities.

Together with Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group, Ms. Imbruglia has mobilized more than $1 million for a fistula prevention and treatment project in northern Nigeria, led by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

14 Dec 2007 description

A total of $1.7billion USD has been approved as grants for west and central African states with almost half of the funds dedicated to the procurement of medicines and health commodities for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The Minister of State for Health, Gabriel Aduku, who made this known in Abuja while addressing a workshop on Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, expressed worry that most of the countries had not been able to procure life-saving health commodities to effectively implement planned interventions.

The Minister stated further that malaria had continued to …

13 Dec 2007 description

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

06 Nov 2007 description

The fight against wild polio in Nigeria is recording a remarkable success as the number of children infected with the virus in the nation has decreased by 80% between January and August 2007 compared to a corresponding period in 2006, the country's Health Minister, Adenike Grange has said.

Professor Grange, while briefing newsmen in Abuja on the progress of the immunization programme in Nigeria, said that the number of cases decreased from 919 to only 201 this year, and as such Nigeria no longer records the highest polio cases globally.

She said that more children were …

11 Oct 2007 description

KATSINA STATE, Nigeria - Dr. David Nsimma works quickly. His patient, Maryama Aliyu, is bleeding internally and slipping into shock. Pregnancy-related injuries are causing blood to seep away from her vital organs and pool in her lower body. If Dr. Nsimma does not find a way to staunch the flow of blood, Maryama's organs may fail, and she could die.

Just three months ago, a woman in her condition here at Katsina General Hospital in northern Nigeria would have had a poor chance of survival. Today, however, Dr. Nsimma looks calm, even confident. He and his colleague, Dr.

05 Oct 2007 description

The South Korean Government has donated polio vaccines worth 100,000 US Dollars to the Nigerian Government.

Nigeria's Minister of Health, Adenike Grange, who received the supplies in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government, said the vaccines would compliment the effort of government in its bid to eradicate polio in the country.

Professor Grange told the South Korean Ambassador, Lee Ki Dong who presented the vaccines that the Ministry had some programmes in place for the eradication of the diseases.

31 Aug 2007 description

Rapport mission du 4 au 15 aout 2007


Le 18 août 2007, sur la base des informations fournies par l'ONG Médecins Sans frontières (MSF), l'Agence France Presse (AFP) diffusaient une dépêche tirant la sonnette d'alarme sur la malnutrition des enfants au Niger, en qualifiant de critique la situation au sud de la région de Zinder, le long de la frontière Niger-Nigeria.

08 Aug 2007 description

The Nigerian Government has stated its commitment in ensuring that it partners with stakeholders and development partners to eradicate malaria in the country before the year 2015.

Minister of Health, Adenike Grange, made this known while addressing participants at a National Malaria Control Review Meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Minister who was represented at the event by the Minister of State, Gabriel Aduku, said 2015 was too far for Nigeria to roll back malaria as stated in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

01 Aug 2007 description

OSUN STATE, Nigeria - From the shade of a small porch, Chief J.O. Aderibigbe rises to take the floor at this gathering of traditional birth attendants. Resplendent in his pink kaftan, he speaks emphatically in the local language of Yoruba. His colleagues look on, garbed in equally beautiful attire, which belies the poverty of their dusty, impoverished small town in southern Nigeria.

A few years ago, Chief Aderibigbe and other birth attendants were regularly paid to perform a cutting ritual on the genitalia of baby girls in their community.

05 Jun 2007 description

This report covers the period of 1/01/06 to 31/12/06 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

11 May 2007 description

World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged the improvement in the Nigerian Health system in recent times.

The Minister of State for Health, Halima Tayo Alao, disclosed this while commissioning some projects in University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The minister explained that the commendation by WHO could be attributed to the efforts of President Olusegun Obasanjo in tertiary health institutions, and assured Nigerians that the incoming government would continue with those laudable programmes of the present administration.

In his remarks, the Chief Medical …

23 Apr 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Christine Jaulmes

ZARIA, Nigeria, 23 April 2007 - Every Saturday, Asiya, 5, helps her mother with household chores. After sweeping floors and washing clothes, she leaves home to attend Koranic school in her neighbourhood.

In spite of her tender age, Asiya is expected to learn the Koran by heart - a religious tradition observed by many Muslim communities here in northern Nigeria. At the school, Asiya sits on the floor with other children as they recite the verses.

On a recent Saturday, though, the long hours of recitation were interrupted.

05 Mar 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Christine Jaulmes

KATSINA STATE, Nigeria, 5 March 2007 - Heading to school last week in northern Katsina State, Imrana Musa, 10, had no idea what a special mission he was going to be sent on.

Instead of the standard arithmetic lesson, his teacher spoke to the class about the importance of immunization to prevent childhood illnesses such as measles, polio, diphtheria and tetanus. She also told them about the country's 'Immunization Plus Days' aimed at ensuring that every child under the age of five is vaccinated against these diseases.

Imrana, like 20 of his …

23 Jan 2007 description


Mrs. Monica, of Kassa, Nigeria, got to work immediately after the week-long training she received through the United Methodist Community-Based Malaria Control Program. She eliminated items around her home that could harbor mosquitoes and taught her neighbors to do the same. Then she helped her community by paying for local children affected by malaria to receive treatment and encouraged pregnant women to be tested as well.

Mrs. Monica is just one of thousands who are benefiting from the Community-Based Malaria Control Program.

18 Jan 2007 description

Mrs. Monica, of Kassa, Nigeria, got to work immediately after the week-long training. She asked her husband to cut down or trim trees growing around their home that could harbor mosquitoes. She emptied all containers that could potentially hold stagnant water and become a mosquito breeding ground. She taught her neighbors to do the same. She paid for malaria treatment for some of the children in Kassa, and made sure pregnant women were tested for the disease as well.

Malaria-Part of Life

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