Nigeria

Jan 102012

Christmas Day Bombings in Nigeria: How Violence Hampers Efforts to Expand Health Coverage

It’s almost nine months into my fellowship in Nigeria, yet it seems like there is still so much to be done. Achieving more in the remaining few months will be less of a challenge if the country can find a way to better manage the snowballing religious and political crises. The Islamist terror group Boko Haram claims credit for much of the violence – and has not let up.

Nigeria: Launch New Pan-African Health Journalists' Network

Knight Health Journalism Fellow Declan Okpalaeke is an award-winning health and environmental journalist who is leading the launch of Africa's first Pan-African health journalists’ organization, the African Health Journalists Association. The new continent-wide organization offers training, resources, networking opportunities and assistance for cross-border reporting.

In the first part of his fellowship, Okpalaeke launched a four-page, weekly health section at This Day, one of Nigeria’s most popular newspapers.

In Nigeria, a country with staggering rates of preventable diseases, Declan Okpalaeke is creating a newspaper and online health section to hold Nigerian officials accountable for improving policies.

Nigeria Maternity Care

Rapid Response: Already 700 medical workers have been hired to handle the acute shortage.

New Health Section in Nigeria

The first edition of Health Insight ran four pages and included in-depth reports on fistula and polio, both significant health concerns in Nigeria.

New Health Reporting Team at Nigeria's Daily Trust

The new health team is made up of professional journalists, including editor Ruby Leo, center, front row. Knight Fellow Sunday Dare is far right, back row.

Nigeria-First edition of Health Insight

The first edition of Health Insight ran four pages and included in-depth reports on fistula and polio, both significant health concerns in Nigeria.

New Health Reporting Team at Nigeria's Daily Trust

The new health team is made up of professional journalists, including editor Ruby Leo, center, front row. Knight Fellow Sunday Dare is far right, back row.

Aug 222011

A Health Section Debuts in Nigerian Newspaper

Fourteen weeks after I began my fellowship at the Daily Trust in Abuja, Nigeria, a new health section called Health Insight debuted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. The launch of the new section, which is one of the two major components of my fellowship, was made possible through the support of the Daily Trust senior editorial staff, but more importantly, the seven journalists on the new health team I am building.