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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.


WHO: Health crisis in North-East Nigeria


  • National Primary Health Care Development Agency Implements 4-Prong Agenda Abuja, 27 February 2017 - The newly appointed Executive Director (ED) of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, has informed the World Health Organization Country Representative (WR), Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, that the agency will implement a 4-point priority agenda towards reversing Nigeria’s poor health indicators and achieving positive outcomes. He noted that as Nigeria’s most important partner in the health sector, WHO’s contributions will be invaluable.
  • About 17 million people are affected by crisis in the Lake Chad Basin 23 February 2017 – Years of violent conflict have deprived millions of people in north-eastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, western Chad and south-east Niger of even the most basic health care services. Malnutrition is widespread and in the 3 worst-affected states of Nigeria nearly 6 million men, women, children and infants urgently need health assistance. WHO is working with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and partners to reach those in need with lifesaving health care.
  • Lagos State Unveils First Operational Plan for Viral Hepatitis Lagos, 24 February 2017 - The Lagos State Ministry of Health is now a trailblazer in efforts to curb transmission of viral hepatitis. It achieved the feat by developing the first time Operational Plan for the control of viral hepatitis in the State.  This came on the heels of the adoption of the 2016 National Council on Health resolution that calls for the establishment of state-specific Viral Hepatitis Control Programmes in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.
  • WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria Medical teams supported by WHO set up mobile clinics in hard to access areas of north-eastern Nigeria. The teams are called “hard-to-reach” teams (HTR) because their mission is to reach remote and insecure areas to provide urgently needed care to populations deprived of essential health services. The 8-year conflict has caused widespread forced displacement and acute food and nutrition insecurity. Large areas of Borno state, the most-affected state, remain inaccessible to humanitarian assistance.
  • European Union, WHO and UNICEF partner with Government of Nigeria to strengthen health systems and eradicate polio Abuja, 16 February 2017 - Today, the Executive Governors of Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto joined the Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole in signing a 70 million Euro European Union grant to support the health sector in Nigeria.

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