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.

ng-tnThe immediate feedback from the just concluded 27th Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Polio and Routine Immunization in Nigeria has revealed that the country ‘ is on the verge of making history by eradicating polio, the entire nation must be made aware, rallied and mobilized to capitalize on this unique window of opportunity’.

Dr. Hamid Jafari, the WHO Director of Polio, who presented the preliminary findings of the ERC after the 2-day intensive meetings and deliberations, conducted with stakeholders in Abuja from 23rd-24th April, 2014, posited that it ‘is the most important ERC meeting to date because the hard work and dedication of the program have yielded a window of opportunity’ not only for Nigeria but Africa and indeed the world.

Governors stave-off Polio importations in renewed commitment

Prominent ANTI-OPV cleric turns pro-immununization campaigner in Borno StateIn 2013, Nasarawa and Niger States in the North Central region of Nigeria commonly referred to as the ‘Middle Belt’, given their geographical location on the map, had importation of the wild polio virus (WPV) each from endemic states after several months of stopping transmission. Since then, political commitment in the area has been rekindled with relentless personal commitment of State governors to protect states in the axis from re-infection through high-profile activities to create visibility for the Polio Eradication Initiative.

To drive the position deeper, the Nasarawa state Governor, His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura, who made history as the first Governor since the creation of the State eighteen (18) years ago to Flag-Off April round of the National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs), declared that this ‘is a continuation of the fight against polio and control of other communicable diseases in the state’. 

Prominent ANTI-OPV cleric turns pro-immununization campaigner in Borno State

Prominent ANTI-OPV cleric turns pro-immununization campaigner in Borno StatePolio supplemental immunization activities (SIAs) have been met with stiff resistance in 478 quranic (Tsangaya) schools in the security-compromised state of Borno due to an array of reasons which deduced Immunization as a western ploy to check the growth of muslim population and fear that non-compliant parents may withdraw their children from schools that allow immunization

To ameliorate the danger that the risk of continued non-compliance portends to the susceptible eligible children, the WHO team in Borno mapped-out and sensitized teachers from the identified schools with a view to inform   them about immunization and benefits therein and, to the extent required, also explain the risks of disease which result from withholding immunization. Impressively, many hard-core non- compliant teachers were converted to the side of immunization and are now actively involved in mobilizing even the wider society to accept immunization.

Journalists team up with WHO to create demand for Polio Immunization
Journalists team up with WHO to create demand for Polio Immunization

The Journalists Initiative on Immunization against Polio (JAP) has strengthened collaboration with the WHO Kaduna state office to mobilize the support of religious and traditional leaders as well as other opinion moulders with the capacity to influence social decisions, in order to fight intractable non-compliance to polio  immunization in very high risk Local Government Areas (LGAs).

Already, eleven (11) Town Hall meetings have been conducted by JAP with support from WHO in very high settlements who had recorded block rejection to immunization activities with the view to sensitize the communities between January and April 2014, to reverse the earlier resolution by some irate youths to disrupt immunization exercise, as a bargaining chip at their disposal, to demand for the provision of social amenities by government.

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.

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