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The pains of pregnant mothers in rural northern Nigeria

Northern Nigeria accounts for a huge percentage of women dying of pregnancy-and-childbirth-related complications in Nigeria, whereas the national maternal mortality ratio for Nigeria is put at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births, maternal deaths for the northeastern and northwestern sub-regions are as high as 1549 and 1024, respectively.   Twenty-five year old

Kano restates commitment to transparency and accountability in health sector

The Kano state commissioner of health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, has restated the Abdullahi Ganduje-led government of Kano state’s commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in the state’s health sector. “It is important that the civil society and general public are kept informed of activities in the health sector towards [ensuring]

Mass Weddings: Kwakwasiyya foundation supports 760 couples

A cross-section of women beneficiaries of one of Kano's mass wedding programs

By Ibrahim Badamasi Kwankwasiyya Development Foundation, an NGO working to alleviate poverty among low income families in Nigeria, has provided food items and cash support to the 760 newly married couples who benefitted from the recent batch of the mass wedding program of the Kano state government. The Kano state mass wedding

Life and death: children’s battle with malnutrition in northern Nigeria

Six-months old Aisha Bilya looks frail and skeletal; she has very low weight for her height and clearly appears to be suffering from severe muscle wasting

 Nigeria continue to lose over 2600 under-five children to varied child-killer diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia, and malnutrition, daily;  its northern half account for about 2.2 million out of the country’s 2.5 million severely malnourished children   Six-month old Aisha Bilya looks frail and skeletal; she has very low weight for her

Day FOMWAN took health budget advocacy to Kano religious leaders

FOMWAN’s crosscutting role in the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) project is that of mobilizing constituencies of traditional and religious leaders, faith-based organizations and women groups to make governments account for health budgets, particularly in relation to nutrition; childhood killer diseases; family planning as well as

IWD: Emir Sanusi II calls for women’s emancipation

Emir Sanusi II

As the world celebrates the 2017 International Women's Day (IWD), the Emir of Kano, Nigeria’s second most influential Muslim leader, His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, has sued for women’s emancipation including given them the right to be educated. “Our society has been denying girls and women their rights including the

Kano: PSN-PACFaH advocates prioritizing pneumonia, diarrhea


Nigerian civic organisations under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), a member of the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) coalition, has called on the government of Kano state to accord priority attention to the management of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, by allocating more funds to

Child Stunting: Kano to scale up CMAM centres

By Adam Alqali In a bid to strengthen its fight against severe acute malnutrition, Kano state, which has one of the highest figures of stunted children in Nigeria, is planning to scale up the number of its Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centres. This statement was made by the state commissioner

When adolescent girls acquire life skills

  Providing girls with  access to education, healthcare, decent work as well as ensuring they participate in political and economic decision-making processes young women and girl is in line with Goal 5 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)     Sixteen-year-old Mariya Idris is beaming with smiles; she has just received raw materials for


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