Nigeria is currently facing a lot of health care challenges which must be addressed in order to improve the lives of Nigerians. Some of the challenges are: poor healthcare infrastructure, inaccessibility to quality healthcare especially in rural communities, dirty water, fake drugs, lack of sufficient funding and insufficient healthcare professionals, among others.
The people who are affected the most by the problems of healthcare in Nigeria are the vulnerable population which includes old and elderly people, children below the age of 6, pregnant women, sick people, and people living with disabilities. There’s urgent need to improve healthcare delivery to children in Nigeria as well as other vulnerable population.
UNICEF revealed in a recent report that “preventable or treatable infectious diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and HIV/AIDS account for more than 70% of the estimated one million under-five deaths in Nigeria.” That means that some preventable infectious diseases are responsible for the death of about 750,000 children below the age of 5 in Nigeria every year. Another report by the WHO says that nearly ten percent of newborn deaths in the world last year occurred in Nigeria.
To address these challenges, Longevity Nigeria, a pro longevity activist group will organize a seminar on the 1st of October in Abuja, Nigeria to address the problem of quality healthcare delivery to Nigerians. The theme of the seminar is diversity and inclusion in healthcare.
Diversity and inclusion in healthcare is not just a Nigeria problem but a global problem. Our guest speaker, Didier Coeurnelle will speak on the topic
“How to Promote Healthier and Longer Lives, Especially in Poorer Countries. The Right to Health and Longevity as a Common Good.” Didier is co-chair of Heales (Healthy Life Extension Society), a European NGO, based in Brussels. He is an active member of the social and environmental movement (Ecolo and Groen) and a jurist specialized in social security