Strenghtening health systems

We are supporting community journalists to report on health systems as a powerful strategy towards strengthening healthcare infrastructure. By amplifying local voices and shedding light on healthcare challenges and successes, our programme fosters transparency, accountability, and public engagement. Their invaluable reporting empowers communities to advocate for improved health services, ultimately driving positive change and advancing the resilience of health systems.

(Image: From our investigation: Snake Island where hardship and maternal mortality are a way of life)

Video Spotlight

Hospitals of Horror

Date of Publication: July 20, 2022

Details: An investigative report where findings revealed that women in the rural community of Ode-omi waterside, in Ogun state Nigeria spend 2 hours on a canoe to access primary healthcare. Midwives are not easily accessible during childbirth, leading to pain and anguish for pregnant women.


The impact of accurate, powerful stories backed by rich data.

16.5 million+



People reached online, offline and on radio

Persons directly affected by issues reported

Communities covered by project

Each published story, had a mini-documentary and short video version for social media platforms like YouTube, and Reels leveraging the idea of #videoshorts. This idea was pivotal in the effort to strengthen health systems and advance the evolution of storytelling. These dynamic visual mediums offer a compelling avenue to convey the nuances of health systems, capturing the interest of diverse audiences and facilitating a profound comprehension of the complexities at hand. By embracing innovative narrative approaches, we broadened our reach, raised awareness, and inspired a collective determination to drive transformative progress within health systems.

Date of Publication: Aug 04, 2022

Challawa River: Where miners take the cash and the people..

The plights of the community started sometime in 2011, when some young men discovered that the river is enriched with a typical soil particle coded 'river sand', which is usually found near river banks and streams and used in the construction of buildings.

Nigeria's oil producing communities battling poor health systems

Date of Publication: Aug 23, 2022

Details: "There is no working health centre here to treat anyone. We are always running helter-skelter to save ourselves. Those who can afford it struggle to take their people to Igbokada and some even die before getting to Ugbonla for emergency treatment. The distance between Igbokoda is too far from us,"

Snake Island, where death of pregnant women is a norm

Date of Publication:Aug 23, 2022

Details: Snake Island has over 30, 000 residents and it can be accessed from Ijegun-Egba Jetty, in Satellite Town, Apapa, Badagry, and Ojo. It is also home to Ibeshe beach, and closer to Ilashe beach than CMS jetty. In addition to being home to Nigerdock Shipyard, it sits close to Nigeria’s busiest seaport.

A tale of open defecation in a Calabar metropolis

Date of Publication: Sep 01, 2022

Currently in in many communities within the metropolis, access to toilets and safe water are luxuries only the rich can afford. Many have, however, blamed this challenge on the topography and the failure of successive governments of the state to provide a central sewage disposal system for the people of the area.

IDPs: How Dearth of Accessible Healthcare Facility Threatens Thousands of Lives in Apo

Date of Publication; Sep 01, 2022

5,776 internally displaced people (IDPs), about 897 households, from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states occupy 2,000 housing units at Abundance Resettlement in Wassa district, Apo Area, Abuja. After fleeing the decade-long insurgency ravaging Nigeria’s Northeast..

How neglect of the Niger Delta breeds extreme poverty, ill health among women and girls

Date of Publication:Sep 15, 2022

Women in Nigeria’s Niger Delta are largely fishmongers and farmers, especially those in the rural areas. The women depend on the environment for their daily needs such as water and food. But decades of oil exploration and vandalisation of oil installations by criminals have polluted the environment.....

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