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“The image around malnutrition reflects hunger-stricken individuals but it is important to note that obesity can also be caused by malnutrition. Malnutrition goes beyond not getting enough food but also not getting the right sort of food needed to meet the daily nutritional requirements. Millions of children around the world are suffering from malnutrition, making it a global issue. The story is similar in Nigeria.”

By Nnamdi Eseme

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History has it that in ancient times, slavery was an integral part of society and was used to show affluence. Slaves were engaged as labourers in farms, fields and did house chores with little or no pay. However, with the spread of civilization and human rights activism, slavery was abolished and is a punishable offence by law. This notwithstanding, reports have it that slavery is still being practiced in certain parts of the world today.  And advocates, survivors, policy makers, journalists and other relevant stakeholders are making efforts to seek an end to all forms of modern day slavery.

Following the global call for accountability with donor funds to combat HIV, civil society organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria, resounded this call during the 2016 CSOs Accountability Forum held in Abuja. The forum which had the theme: “Fast-tracking stakeholders’ commitment and actions towards achieving the UNIADS 90-90-90 targets by 2020 and ending AIDS as public health threat by 2030”, was organized by the Treatment Access Mobilisers Initiative (TAM) and other partners with the aim of galvanising CSOs efforts in accountability in the HIV response in Nigeria. Several stakeholders present at the event doled out remarks on the HIV response in-country and what must happen to achieve the 90:90:90 target.

Young people at the 4th Nigeria Family Planning Conference at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, Nigeria. Photo Credit: Chibuike Alagboso.

The 4th Nigeria Family Planning conference (7-9 November, 2016) held at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja with positive resolutions made by participants. The conference which had the theme: “Family Planning in Nigeria: The Journey so Far”, is the largest gathering of experts working on family planning in Nigeria. It brought together over 1500 participants from across Nigeria and beyond to forge the way forward in promoting family planning services in Nigeria. The main conference was preceded by a youth pre-conference which featured discussions on the challenges affecting youth access to family planning and the proffering of solutions to these challenges.