Press releases

President Buhari and WHO Regional Director agree on the need to increase domestic funding for health

13 July 2016

President Buhari of Nigeria welcoming the WHO RD, Dr Moeti to the State House in Abuja

Abuja, 13 July 2016 - His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed with Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director (RD) for Africa, on the need for increasing domestic funding for health in Nigeria.

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Ministers assure WHO Regional Director that health is a key priority for Nigeria

12 July 2016

Dr Moeti speaking with Nigeria's Minister for Budget & Planning

Abuja, 12 July 2016 - Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and Planning and his counterpart in the Ministry of Finance on 11 July, 2016 in Abuja, separately assured the visiting WHO Regional Director (RD) for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, that health remains a key priority of government.

Both ministers gave the RD their commitments towards increasing federal budgetary allocation for the health sector in 2017 in order to help the sector implement government's priority of revitalizing primary health care (PHC) and putting it at the base of health services delivery pyramid.

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WHO Regional Director promises to support Nigeria on primary health care revitalization

11 July 2016

Dr Matshidiso Moeti speaking at the Federal Ministry of Health

Abuja, 11 July, 2016 - Today in Abuja, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says Nigeria’s vision of providing primary health care (PHC) and ensuring equity in accessing health services by all Nigerians aligns perfectly with the goals of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Moeti begins a 3-day official visit to Nigeria

10 July 2016

Abuja/Brazzaville, 10 July 2016 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, will be in Nigeria on a 3-day official visit from 11-13 July, 2016 at the invitation of the Nigerian government.

Dr Moeti will hold discussions with the President His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, high ranking government officials and key stakeholders on matters of mutual interests relating to health development in Nigeria and the African region.

A statement issued by the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said: “The objective of the visit is to strengthen the collaboration between the World Health Organization and the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

According to Professor Adewole, interactions during the Regional Director’s stay in Nigeria will be centered on areas that require technical support from WHO in strengthening the health systems to achieve the health related Sustainable Development Goals.

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WHO, governments and health agencies commit to advancing global health security

30 June 2016

Bali, Indonesia, 30 June 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO), governments, financial institutions, development partners, and health agencies from across the world have committed to accelerate strengthening and implementation of capacities required to cope with disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.