Nigeria WHO Country Office

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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.

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.

  • Intensifying Border Vaccination: Six Northern States Reposition for Interruption Kaduna, 25th August, 2014 - Nigeria's stride towards Polio eradication quickened recently as a result of targeted activities in reaching children hitherto underserved with polio vaccine at key inter-state borders in Northern Nigeria. In concert with five other polio high-risk states, polio teams from six (6) border LGAs visited 168 border settlements immunized 26,749  children with Oral Polio Vaccine in Kaduna State alone, during the August, 2014 campaign. World Health Organization (WHO) analysis of January this year revealed that 67 percent…
  • EBOLA: WHO Experts support Nigeria to Record more Survivors Lagos 19 August, 2014 - Dr. David Brett-Major of the Global Capacities Alert and Response department of the World Health Organization (WHO) that led the team of experts to successfully treat and discharge the first Nigerian Ebola Virus disease (EVD) survivor insists that usual patient care for any severely ill patient was the practice for all patients at the EVD care center. As of 18th August 2014, Nigeria has reported 12 confirmed cases of EVD including 4 deaths. Nine of…
  • The Sultan Of Sokoto Increases Oversight and Monitoring Of The Polio Programme to Sustain Gains for Interruption Abuja, 08 August, 2014 - The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has re-assured WHO and other GPEI Partners in Nigeria of his resolve to utilize the capacities of the Sultanate Council and other resources at his disposal to reawaken the commitment of traditional leaders towards Polio eradication, disease surveillance and routine immunization who in turn, will raise public awareness to unprecedented levels until interruption of polio transmission is achieved in Nigeria. Sultan Abubakar Ill, also the head…
  • Ebola Virus Disease: WHO Deploys Experts To Contain Spread Abuja 31st July, 2014 - On 25th July, 2014, Nigeria reported its first imported case of the Ebola virus disease that later died in Lagos. The 40-year old victim, a Liberian and senior ECOWAS Official, was at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos from Monrovia en route Calabar City in Nigeria for the 8th ECOWAS Retreat of Heads of Offices meeting. Following confirmation of the case, the Minister of Health, Professor C.O Onyebuchi Chukwu immediately held a Press Conference where he…
  • Robust M & E emerges for Nigeria with regular Quarterly Zonal Meetings Abuja, 30th  July 2014 - Second leg of the quarterly Zonal meetings has been successfully conducted for the Northern and Southern zones between 21st-27th July, 2014 in Minna and Calabar respectively with the overriding objective of strengthening the monitoring and evaluation system in the IVE Unit of the WCO Nigeria, in response to the need for preparing the Country Office for Polio end-game and Legacy. Declaring both meetings opened, Dr. Richard Banda, the acting IVE Focal Person echoed recent Independent Monitoring Board’s…