In the area of programme implementation and advocacy campaigns the Institute and its Academy of Public Health are intensely involved in the following programmes and campaigns

... How Routine Vaccinations Improve a Family’s Finances

Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

Frank Donga chats with Dr. Francis Ohanyido - President of the West African Academy of Public Health about the ways in which routine immunization services improve finances in African households by reducing resources spent on illness.

... The Role of Men and Fathers in Routine Vaccination

Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

Frank Donga chats with Dr. Francis Ohanyido - President of the West African Academy of Public Health about the role of men and fathers, who are traditionally regarded as heads of households, in routine childhood immunization, and how they can and should be educated about immunization services to make the best decisions for their children and wards.

... The Importance of Vaccination

Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

Frank Donga chats with Dr. Francis Ohanyido - President of the West African Academy of Public Health about the importance of vaccines on our health, society, and economy. This is a flagship show of Niyel's Power Up Immunization and Health Project. The project focuses on improving confidence in routine immunization in Nigeria, DRC, and Burkina Faso.

... Report of the African Vaccination Week Symposium

Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

Every year between the 23rd and 29th of April, the West African Institute of Public Health hosts an annual event to commemorate African Vaccination Week (AVW) a high-level symposium focused on Equitable Vaccine Access, Resilient Communities was organised which brought about together over 46 attendees including CSOs, Media representatives, political group representatives, stakeholders and staff from WAIPH which is aimed towards the promotion of the use of vaccines to protect all Africans against diseases.

... Leave No One's Health Behind – The Benefits of Investing in Health System and the Way Forward

Author: Thomas Aleichenu Adoyi

Our health, and the health of others we care about, is a daily concern for us as humans. We consider our health to be our most basic and vital asset, regardless of our age, gender, socioeconomic status, or cultural heritage. However, there are some several factors such as housing, financial security, community safety, employment, education, and the environment that hinders one from achieving the highest level of health.

... Human Resources for Health in West Africa: Challenges and Way Forward

Author: Thomas Aleichenu Adoyi

Human Resources for Health (HRH) are the foundation and driving force behind health systems and must be sufficient if the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in health is to be met. However, for decades, West African governments have attempted to address gaps in human resources for the health sector as part of efforts towards improving access to quality health care and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in health. In most of Africa, there is still a shortage of qualified human resources in the healthcare sector.

... COP26, Africa and the Glasgow Climate Pact

Authors: Onigbanjo A., Ohanyido F., and Ohanyido P.,

A Post Conference Reflection Paper for Africa

... The Third Dose and Vaccine Equity

Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

As developed nations prepare for to get their third dose, Dr Francis Ohanyido explains why the world must prioritize the first dose for all eligible individuals around the world.

... Why Nigeria Needs to Achieve UHC and The Importance of Efficient Funding For Health

Author: Munira Aminu Bello

Why Nigeria Needs to Achieve UHC and The Importance of Efficient Funding For Health

... WAIPH Mentoring Series - Research

Author: Dr Olayinka Obanewa

An introduction to research in public health.

... Local Content Policy for Health Care Industry: A Strategic Imperative for Nigeria

Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

Sometime in August 2020 Yinka Olatunbosun wrote an agenda –setting article in the World Economic Forum (WEF) titled “ Why COVID-19 could mean a new dawn for Nigeria's manufacturing sector” 1, which provides food for thought for any development –minded actor, especially Nigerian policymakers working to improve the Nigerian health sector and also looking ahead for a generally improved competitiveness of the country’s manufacturing sector in the global marketplace.

... West African Regional Charter for Public Health

Author: The Charter Review and Adaptation Task Team

An adaptation of the Global Charter for public health originally developed by the World Federation of Public Health Assosiations. It is the first adaptation of its kind.

... Recommendations on Interventions to Improve Premature Birth Outcomes in Nigeria: A Call to Action by Key Stakeholders (Legislators, Health-care Professionals and Communities)

Author: Rachael Chikodili Okoronkwo

Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for approximately 1 million deaths in 2015. Infant deaths and long-term disabilities following preterm birth can be reduced when interventions are appropriately provided to the mother at imminent risk of preterm birth and to the preterm infant after birth.

... Strengthening One Health- The West African Institute of Public Health's Role in Advancing the New Public Health Order in Africa

Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

The West African Institute of Public Health, through its academy, is playing a pivotal role in strengthening One Health in line with the New Public Health Order in Africa. By focusing on capacity building, policy development and advocacy, and research and knowledge generation, WAIPH is contributing to the cultivation of multidisciplinary approaches and the development of visionary leaders in public health.

... Strengthening the Enabling Environment through the Policy-Advocacy Complex (PAC)- A Conceptual Framework for Evidence-Based Advocacy and Policy-Shaping in Development Programming with a Focus on the Public Health Sector

Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

The Policy-Advocacy Complex (PAC) is a conceptual framework that provides a comprehensive approach to strengthening the enabling environment for policy change and implementation. The PAC framework emphasises evidence-based advocacy, advocacy,focused campaigns, policy bottleneck analysis and solutions, research and policy-shaping in development programming. This paper explores the various components of the PAC and its application in the public health sector.

... Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Healthcare as a Critical Element in Poverty Reduction Strategies and its Linkage to the UHC Journey with No One Left Behind

Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in healthcare play a crucial role in poverty reduction strategies and the journey towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) with a focus on leaving no one behind. This article explores the significance of PPPs in addressing poverty and promoting shared prosperity. PPPs leverage the strengths of both the public and private sectors to improve healthcare access, service quality, and financial protection for vulnerable populations. By expanding coverage, enhancing service delivery, and creating employment opportunities, PPPs contribute to poverty reduction and economic empowerment.



Author: Dr Francis Ohanyido

The West African Institute of Public Health (WAIPH) is committed to strengthening health systems in West Africa, particularly in the areas of essential medicines, nutrition commodities, and medical products. The institute recognizes the importance of ensuring the availability of affordable products and avoiding wasteful use of high-cost ones. To achieve this, WAIPH embraces market shaping as a primary strategy to facilitate access to products, improve health outcomes, and support resilient health systems. By co-creating advocacy and market shaping roadmaps, WAIPH aims to scale up the availability and utilization of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) for improved maternal, child, and adolescent nutrition, thereby contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 3. The institute collaborates with both the public and private sectors to shape markets and generate savings in the procurement of drugs, devices, and diagnostics across all areas of its work. This strategy document outlines the key approaches and activities that WAIPH will undertake to drive market shaping in West Africa.


Author: Oluwafisolami Olagbemi

In recent years, the global health landscape has witnessed a shifting burden of disease from infectious to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), presenting a critical challenge for Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). This urgent call to action delves into the pressing issue of NCDs and focuses on Nigeria as a compelling case study. As NCDs continue to escalate, particularly in LMICs like Nigeria, understanding the underlying factors, exploring potential interventions, and analyzing the country's experiences can provide invaluable insights to inform comprehensive strategies aimed at reducing the burden of NCDs and fostering a healthier future for millions.

... Mental Health Integration into Primary Health Care: A Crucial Public Health Intervention for People-Centered and Responsive Healthcare

Author: Emmanuella O. Ohanyido

The West African Institute of Public Health (WAIPH) recognizes the growing recognition of mental health's critical role in achieving global development goals, as evidenced by its inclusion in the sustainable development objectives. Despite this recognition, there remains a significant disparity between the number of individuals in need of mental health care and those who have access to it.


Author: Onyedikachi Nduka Ukpabi

The emergence and spread of infectious diseases have always presented significant challenges to global health systems and policy makers. One such disease that has garnered attention in recent years is mpox. Although endemic to western and central Africa, outbreaks in non-endemic countries have raised concerns about policy implications and the need for effective prevention strategies, particularly in the West Africa region.

... Challenges and Opportunities in Implementation of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof Policy at State Levels

Author: Abraham Shobowale

The Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) reform in Nigeria aims to enhance the implementation and integration of primary health care (PHC) services. This governance initiative strives to monitor the adherence of states to reform guidelines, emphasizing current realities, challenges, and opportunities. While the principles of PHC have been strong, challenges persist, including disparities between rich and poor, evolving diseases, and limited accessibility.

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