Poor Treatment Of Young Africans Living With HIV Threatens Global Eradication Plans

Young people living with HIV in West and Central Africa say they still face abuse, discrimination, and disappointing healthcare services. This reality, in turn, makes ending the epidemic as a public health threat in the next decade a lot more difficult. E.L. found out she was HIV positive eight years ago. When her husband cautioned …

Her Husband’s Death ‘At The Hands Of Nigerian Soldiers’ Drove Her Crazy — Literally

The Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s Northeast is taking a toll on victims’ mental health, and this is not receiving as much attention. Saraya’s life took a turn for the worse when her partner was killed in 2014. She had been happily married to Awaza for three years, and they both lived quietly in Taradan, …

The Discreet Lives Of Women Living With HIV In Nigerian IDP Camps

To be infected with HIV as a displaced person in Northeast Nigeria is to find yourself in hot water. No thanks to the Boko Haram insurgency, essential health services are unavailable in the rural communities. Funding is not enough to accommodate the special needs of people living with the virus. And, many would rather die …

How COVID-19 Upset Family Planning Services, Threatened Women’s Lives

The deadly combination of a rigid lockdown, health workers’ industrial actions, and economic hardship occasioned by the pandemic led to a wave of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions across Nigeria. Omolara* had an unsafe abortion this year and it nearly killed her. Since she gave birth to her first child last year, she has been …

Why Are Nigerian Policemen Killing Each Other?

Lagos police spokesperson says the incidents are isolated and the state command is generally “doing well”. Hardly has a month passed since November 2019 without a policeman in Nigeria killing his colleague(s) or himself ㅡ or both.  Experts say the trend may be due to accumulated frustration from the job,  anger or the absence of …

Medical Doctors Get Raw Deal, Go Five Months Without Pay While Fighting COVID-19

While governments and members of the public are celebrating medical workers across the world for their professional sacrifices in battling COVID-19, many doctors in the employ of the government in Nigeria are facing starvation and frustration. Last November, Victoria was full of high hopes as she resigned from her job at a private hospital where …

COVID-19: How Non-Essential Workers Get Lockdown Exemption in Abuja with N20,000

FCT police spokesperson says nothing of such is going on despite proof to the contrary. By simply parting with money, some residents of Abuja got passes to circumvent the stay-at-home order for non-essential workers ㅡ and investigation by HumAngle indicates strongly that these tags originated from the Nigeria Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory. …

Nigerians Living with HIV Struggle to Stay on Treatment as COVID-19 Crisis Persists

Life has not been the same for Nigerians living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) since the coronavirus pandemic started taking a huge toll on commerce and transportation in Nigeria. Many complain of not having easy access to their regular dosages of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, while some who have drugs are threatened by hunger. Ejiro …

COVID-19: Nigerians Living with Chronic Ailments Want to Access Essential Medicines

Ogechi Blessing, 23, was shocked on Wednesday, April 1, when she discovered she could no longer afford one of the medicines helping her to stay alive: hydroxychloroquine. Before the novel coronavirus pandemic, she could get a pack for N6,000 but when she called her regular dealer, he informed her that the new price was N25,000 …

COVID-19: The War Room in Nigerian Newsrooms

Asides healthcare workers who are known to be on the frontline in the war against COVID-19, the media constitute a set of warriors in the struggle, albeit unsung. Globally, the media have followed every event on the COVID-19 pandemic, sometimes creating fear but generally raising hope that the pandemic does not mean the end for …