Basic Statistics (from the WHO, 2012)

Population (2013) 173.6 million

Life Expectancy 54

Global Average: 58

Under 5 Mortality 124/1000 live births.  

Regional Average: 95/1000 live births

Maternal Mortality Ratio 560 deaths/100,000 live births 

Regional Average: 500 deaths/100,000 live births

HIV prevalence 2030/100,000 individuals. 

Regional Average: 2774/100,000 individuals

Physicians per Capita  4.1/10,000

Nurses per Capita  16.1/10,000 

Births Attended by Skilled Health Personnel: 38% 

Regional Average: 48%

Out of Pocket Expenditure (% of Total Health Exp.) 65.9% 

Regional Average: 32.1%

Government Expenditure (% of Total Health Exp.)  31.5% 

Regional Average: 43.9%

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+ Burden of Disease

Diseases contributing most to Years of Life Lost, 1990 and 2010 figures (from Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation)

Red=communicable neonatal/maternal/nutritional causes, blue=noncommunicable disease, green=injuries

To learn more about Nigeria's burden of disease, check out the following sources:

IHME's Global Burden of Disease country profile

Nigeria's Report on Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (including commitments to reduce maternal mortality, child mortality, HIV, TB and malaria)

Nigeria's progress on Non-Communicable Disease (including trauma, hypertension, COPD, diabetes, and cancer)

+ Maps of Interest

Nigeria MDG map:

This map, made by the Federal Ministry of Health and Columbia University's Earth Institute, details health facilties and progress on the UN's Health Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), broken down by Local Goverment Area.

Interaction NGO Aid Map

Details the activities of International NGOs in Nigeria.

+ Relevant Ministries

Federal Ministry of Health: www.health.gov.ng

Contact Dr Omobolanle Olowu, Head PPP/Diaspora Unit, Federal Ministry of Health: bolaolowu2004@yahoo.com

+ Known Diaspora Groups

Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas

Medical Association of Nigerians Across Great Britain

National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America

Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Scientists of the Americas

+ Commentary Worth Following

Nigeria Health Watch

Health Reporters--Nigeria

+ How to Get Engaged

Doctors Without Borders: Work in teams to attend to maternal health needs, infectious disease needs, and emergency care for displaced populations in Nigeria. Generally requires a minimum commitment of 9 to 12 months (except surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and obstetrician/gynecologists who may complete shorter assignments of 1 to 3 months)

Faith Alive: Faith-based hosptial based in Jos, Nigeria, treating nearly 50,000 patients annually. Opportunities available on rolling basis for clinical volunteers.

Know of any other clinical sites or engagement opportunities available? Please email us at diasporahealthnetwork@gmail.com.

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