Civil Societies Organisation News

We’re committed to maternal, newborn deaths reduction – WBFA Country Director

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dr. Luther-King Fasehun is the Nigeria Country Director of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA).  In this interview with Health Correspondent Marcus Fatunmole,  he discussed the activities of the Foundation and its commitment towards the reduction of  child and maternal mortality in the country and beyond.




Could you please tell us a bit about the Wellbeing Foundation Africa?



Tuesday, October 18, 2016



The Director of Medical services, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board (LSPHCB), Dr Sanni Fausat Oluyombo has said 248 wards out of the 376 wards in Lagos have functional Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs).


She made this known at the 9th quarterly civil society media forum on strengthening the health systems in Nigeria through Strengthening Health System in Nigeria through PHC Under One Roof: Progress, Challenges and Way Forward (PHCUOR) organised by Development Communication Network (DevComs).


Finance minister withholds immunization funds

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

…over 7.2M Nigerian children at risk of death


Franka Osakwe


The lives of over 7.2 million Nigerian Children are on the line as the Minister of Finance withholds the release of N12.8bn approved for routine immunization, five months after the President’s accent to the 2016 budget.


This was revealed during a CSO/Media training by Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) with support from the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH).

(Interview) Abortion Law in Nigeria Needs to be Reviewed- Ipas Nigeria Boss

Tuesday, October 18, 2016



The trauma of rape and unwanted pregnancies forces victims to procure unsafe abortion, resulting in death and reproductive health complications. In order to address this challenge, Gender activist and Country Director, Ipas Nigeria, Hauwa Shekarau, in this interview with Franka Osakwe, calls for a review of the nation’s abortion law and increased freedom for women to make healthy choices.  Excerpts:


Is it right for a woman to abort an unwanted pregnancy?

‘Southwest states, Others Tasked To Roll Out PHC Implementation Plans’

Monday, October 17, 2016

Chioma Umeha


Lagos-To ensure proper implementation of a functional primary Health care (PHC) per ward, all states have been urged to establish State Primary Health Care Development Board (SPHCDB) and make it fully functional in line with the national guidelines.


The call was contained in a communique which was issued at the end of a two-day meeting on Primary Health Care (PHC) implementation roll out for Southwest and Edo states.


“Unwanted pregnancies, illegal abortions on the rise in Nigeria”

Monday, October 17, 2016

With low contraceptive prevalence rate of about fifteen percent, Nigeria continues to record high unintended pregnancies, many of which are resolved through clandestine abortion, despite the country’s restrictive abortion law. Many of these often result in death or disability, a statement by Development Communications (DEVCOM) Network said on Monday.


This alarm comes as Nigeria celebrates Safe Motherhood Day, today August 23 – August 24.


The statement reads further:


Nigeria: 1 woman dies every 10 mins at childbirth

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ibrahim Musa Giginyu


A survey conducted by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has revealed that in Nigeria 1 in 13 women dies during pregnancy or child birth and that in every 10 minutes one woman dies from conditions associated with childbirth.


Nigeria requires $12m yearly for family planning, lifesaving drugs

Friday, October 14, 2016

By Emeka Anuforo



The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says Nigeria requires between $12 million and $16 million yearly to procure family planning commodities and lifesaving drugs.



Of this figure, the Ministry of Health has pledged to budget $3 million for next year.Executive Director of the UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin stated this in a statement at the end of his visit to Nigeria.



Nigeria requires $16m to boost reproductive health annually, says UNFPA

Friday, October 14, 2016

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says Nigeria requires about 16 million dollars annually to boost reproductive health services.
Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of UNFPA, disclosed this in a statement issued by Ms Beatrice Mutali, the Deputy Regional Director, West and Central Africa Region.