Reversing the Brain Drain Phenomenon

The subject of brain drain or professional intellectual loss from underdeveloped to developed countries remains a hot topic.This phenomenon is not unique to medicine and, in fact, encompasses many professional fields including other areas of science, humanities and professional sports. To elaborate on the brain drain attributable to the medical profession, let me start by […]

Unpleasant Tales from a Nigerian Hospital (1)

Nigerian doctors and nurses work under conditions that few of us in the Diaspora can fathom. Despite lack of equipment, broken facilities, and poor remuneration, the vast majority of these health workers do a fabulous job. We have noted on this blog the atmosphere of insecurity under which Nigerian doctors perform their work, having become […]

Nigeria’s Health Minister, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Speaks to The ANPA Blog

Several weeks ago, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of Health of Nigeria, was at the United Nations headquarters in New York where he addressed a summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With only five years left until the 2015 deadline, there is a renewed sense of urgency among under-performing countries such as Nigeria to accelerate progress […]

Is ANPA a Social Club ?

I have been debating this question for the past few weeks. I typically try to take stock when the year begins to come to a close and one of the thoughts that came across my mind was what exactly does ANPA mean to me or in what ways does it impact Nigeria as a whole […]

The Abuja Medical School

It was really sad for me to hear that there are now 3 classes of medical students (class A, B, C) waiting to take their first professional MBBS exam at the University of Abuja. While this university is still admitting and frustrating the young and bright in Nigeria who chooses to become doctors, both the […]

Nigeria: Partnership for Health Conference Opens in London, November 6, 2010

The second “Partnership for Health Conference” organized by the Public Health Foundation of Nigeria (PHFN), convenes at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London on November 6, 2010. The PHFN is a network of individuals and organizations that advocate evidence-based public policy for health in Nigeria. It’s mission also includes building professional, organizational […]

Diaspora Groups Helping to Combat Nigeria's Cholera Outbreak

I have received a number of calls and e-mails from friends and medical professional comrades about the recent Cholera outbreak in Nigeria. Some are asking what is ANPA going to do about this? Cholera can wreck havoc in a relatively short period of time if the outbreak is not quickly contained. While Haiti may have […]

Ted Turner – What Really Happened?

I was excited to read the story below about Ted Turner’s support for the fight against polio in Nigeria. I thought it would be a good discussion since Nigeria remains one of few countries with wild cases of polio. I was disappointed when I can back to blog on this story and saw the disclaimer. […]

Cholera Outbreak: Tale of a Country in the Doldrums

Today’s report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that a new outbreak of cholera has killed 1,555 people in Nigeria is another sorry tale of a country in the doldrums. The current outbreak which has been declared the worst cholera outbreak in Nigeria in recent years has recorded 40,000 cases, three times higher than […]

Nigeria Making Progress in the Fight Against Polio

The news from the Expert Review Committee (ERC) on polio that Nigeria had a 98 per cent drop in polio cases between 2009 and 2010 is heartwarming. According to the ERC, this reduction is the largest single drop in polio cases ever recorded in the world. The report noted that Nigeria has recorded only eight […]

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