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.

  • 2015 World TB Day: Nigeria unites against tuberculosis. Abuja, 24 March 2015 - The Federal Government has renewed its commitment towards closing tuberculosis (TB) control gap in Nigeria including ensuring that all currently diagnosed drug-resistant TB patients are put on treatment. The Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Al-Hassan gave this commitment at this year’s World Tuberculosis Day (WTBD) ministerial  press briefing and public lecture commemoratory event in Abuja on 24 March, 2015; with the theme “Nigeria unites against tuberculosis” and working slogan “support, reach, treat and cure everyone”.
  • Nigeria inaugurates National Laboratory Containment Committee for polio virus. Abuja, 23 March 2015 - The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has inaugurated the National Laboratory Containment Committee (NLCC) for polio virus.  The inauguration of the committee on 20th March 2014 in Abuja by the Executive Director(ED), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Ado Mohammed, is seen as a major milestone in the fight against the polio disease  in Nigeria. The eight-member committee is chaired by Dr Muhammad Dallatu, a virologist, working with the Usmanu Danfofiyo University, Sokoto.…
  • Nigeria commemorates 2015 World Oral Health Day Abuja, Nigeria, 20 March, 2015 - Nigeria has organised a week-long programme of activities to celebrate the 2015 World Oral Health Day (WOHD). The activities were kicked off with a press briefing on 16th March 2015 by Nigeria’s National Oral Health Champion, Senator (Dr.) David Mark, who is also the Chairman of Nigeria’s National Assembly and President of Nigeria’s Senate. The press briefing took place at the premises of the National Assembly Complex, Abuja. In his remarks, the WHO Country…
  • Rivers State expands mobile technology for real-time disease surveillance reporting Abuja, 10 March 2015 - In Rivers, one of the two States in Nigeria that recorded an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and successfully contained it in August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) team is using the open data kit platform at the Ebola Emergency Operation Center’s server for enhanced acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance for polio as well as integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR) reporting.
  • Nigeria scales up local innovations to immunize children in insecure areas Abuja, 28 February 2015 -- In determined efforts to interrupt poliovirus circulation in Nigeria, the surge capacity personnel of the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to support the government to implement special innovations of the National Polio Eradication Emergency Plan to reach and cover areas with extant insecurity in Borno and Yobe States. The Boko Haram insurgency continues to have negative impacts on the security situation and consequently life-saving immunization services and other health interventions in the north eastern part…