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Monkeypox in Nigeria – Why the Disease Needs Intense Management

Monkeypox is back in the news. The publicity this time derives from a case brought into the US by someone from Nigeria in June 2021. In this interview with Adejuwon Soyinka, The Conversation's West Africa regional editor, virologist Oyewale Tomori explains that the US case was not the only export...

Nigeria: Family Planning Saves Lives – We Need to Spread the Message to Men and Women

A year ago, I met a 26-year-old breastfeeding mother who was a graduate student. She was married with three children; the youngest was just eight months old. She started using oral contraceptives after the return of her menses following the birth, but she hid the pills from her husband. When...

Volcano Eruption in Goma Raises Urgent Need for Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls

Following the eruption of the volcano, Mount Nyiragongo near Goma, tens of thousands of women and girls are in urgent need of critical sexual and reproductive health services, including support to pregnant women, newborn babies and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (GBV). More than 400,000 people, including 88,000 women...

Paramount Young Women, Community Health Initiative Celebrate World Menstrual Hygiene Day With High School Students

Paramount Young Women and Community Health Initiative have joined high school female students in raising awareness against the stigma and other negative vices affecting women during their menstrual period. As part of activities marking the observance of World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021, the organizations, with support from their partners, organized...

Opinion: 2019 was the safest year for women to give birth globally. Then, the pandemic hit.

Christy Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts. Elizabeth A. Howell is chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Perelman School of Medicine. For women around the world, 2019 was the safest year in history to give birth. Before...

Customary and Religious Laws Are Impeding Progress Towards Women’s Health in Nigeria

Numerous countries have committed themselves to promoting the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls by ratifying international human rights treaties. These include the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Nigeria ratified the convention on women's rights in...