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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • WHO capitalizes on comparative advantage to deepen support for Nigeria’s health agenda Abuja, 03 February 2017-In 2016 - Nigeria recorded disease outbreaks such as Lassa fever, poliomyelitis, cholera and measles. Equally, the scale of humanitarian crisis in the northeast was uniquely different due to the nature of insurgency in the region with 6.9 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance. As Nigeria focuses on achieving better health outcomes beyond 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) organized a 2-day annual staff retreat in Abuja to align its strategies with the government of…
  • Polio Eradication Experts Task Government on Prioritizing Children in Inaccessible Areas Abuja, 19 January 2017 - Experts are calling on government to galvanize partnerships aimed at reaching children in inaccessible areas, having identified that Nigeria’s polio resurgence in August 2016 was largely due to insecurity in northeastern Nigeria and waning political commitment. Their collective agreement hinged on the firm belief that interrupting transmission of polio requires processes focused on reaching children in inaccessible areas, providing timely and adequate resources.