Nigeria WHO Country Office


The mission of the WHO Nigeria Country Office is to promote the attainment of the highest sustainable level of health by all people living in Nigeria through collaboration with the government and other partners in health development and the provision of technical and logistic support to country programmes.

Nigeria became a member of the World Health Organization in 1960 and signed the Basic Agreement in 1962. Over the last four decades therefore, WHO has worked in close collaboration with the Nigerian government, mainly with the Federal Ministry of Health, to establish a wide array of collaborative programmes.

The main WHO Country Office is located in the United Nations House, Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In addition, a network of offices has been established in each of the 36 states of the country and the FCT, to provide appropriate and accessible technical support to States and Local Government Areas (LGAs). This has improved collaboration with stakeholders and partners as well as the visibility of WHO at those levels.

Presidential summit on Universal Health coverage ends in Nigeria

His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has declared at the opening of the Presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Abuja on Monday, 10th March, 2014 that for the Universal Health Coverage to be a reality in Nigeria, health Insurance must be a compulsory policy.

The President, who was represented at the historic event by the Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, tasked Nigerians to elevate the UHC into a National movement stating that “Nigeria is not where it ought to be in terms of UHC with other Nations in the same development bracket”.

Integrated Community Case Management

Malaria, Pneumonia and Diarrhea are still responsible for more than 50 percent of death among children under 5 years old in Nigeria. It is on record that majority of these children, particularly those living in hard to reach areas, die at home.

To address this unfortunate situation, WHO, UNICEF and partners are supporting the Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of Pneumonia, diarrhea and Malaria in many countries whereby community health workers are appropriately trained, supervised and supported with an uninterrupted supply of medicines and equipment for the identification and correct treatment of children who present with acute respiratory Infection, diarrhea and Malaria.

Presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage Opens in Abuja

A 2-day pre-summit technical workshop for the preparation of the Presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) with the theme, ‘Universal Health Coverage, The Vehicle for sustainable Growth and Development’ has opened in Abuja.

Declaring the Workshop opened, the Honorable Minister of Health, Professor C.O Onyebuchi Chukwu, noted that the theme of the workshop captures government’s belief in the centrality of a healthy population to the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigeria synchronizes polio immunization with Niger Republic during March 2014 round

Abuja, Nigeria 6th March, 2014 -- The synchronization of immunization activity which lasted from 1st to 4th March 2014 along border settlements between Nigeria and Republic of Niger has been concluded. The activity is widely adjudged as very successful. For instance, between Sokoto State in Nigeria and Tahoua Province in Republic of Niger, 15,137 under-five children were vaccinated on Nigeria side and 16,320 on the Republic of Niger side.

Cross-border synchronization activities remain the key to stopping poliovirus transmissions and importations between countries.

Country Cooperation Strategy

icon Nigeria Country Cooperation Strategy 2008-2013 (783.21 kB)

icon Country Cooperation Strategy at a glance: Nigeria (261.77 kB)


icon Nigeria Health statistics profile 2010 Overview

icon Nigeria Statistical Health Factsheet 2010

icon Health Profile of Nigeria - 2006 (394.28 kB)

The WHO Representative to Nigeria is Dr Rui Miguel Vaz