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.

  • 29th ERC: Nigeria well positioned to interrupt transmission of WPV Abuja, Nigeria 23 January 2015 - The 29th Expert Review Committee (ERC) is convinced that Nigeria can get out of  WHO’s list of endemic countries with active wild polio virus (WPV) transmission if no WPV is detected for a period of 12 months with  adequate surveillance, since the last case was reported on 24th July, 2014. Dr. Hamid Jafari, the Director of  Polio in WHO, who presented the committee’s preliminary feedback  at the end of the 2-day periodic meeting held…
  • Nigeria Introduces New Vaccine – PCV 10 On 22nd December 2014 the Government of Nigeria joined other African countries to launch a new vaccine - Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV10) as part of its Routine Immunization schedule. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 10 (PCV10), is a vaccine that prevents diseases caused by the pneumococcal bacteria. WHO estimates that over 800,000 children under 5 years of age die from pneumococcal diseases each year with those less than 2 years of age mostly affected, especially in developing countries. In Nigeria, Pneumonia claims…
  • Federal Ministry of Health pushes Human Resource for Health policy and planning to greater heights Abuja, Nigeria, 19 December, 2014 - The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has organized the National Human Resource for Health Stakeholders meeting on the December 15, 2014 at the Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, with  support from the World Health organization. The meeting which was predicated on building consensus to fast-track the implementation of strategies for the electronic web-based National health workforce Registry (NHWR), agree on way forward with the review of the Human Resource for Health policy, strategic plan and the effect of…
  • Nigeria Pushes Agenda for Empowering Human Resource for Health Abuja, Nigeria 26 November 2014- The Federal Ministry of Health  (FMOH) on Tuesday, 25th November 2014 inaugurated the WHO-Canada/DFATD Project Steering Committee (PSC) in Abuja to provide general oversight  and  articulate the implementation of the  15m CND$ Canadian Government-supported Human Resource for Health (HRH) Project. The project, aptly tagged ‘’Enhancing the ability of Frontline Health-workers to improve Health in Nigeria’’ is a 5 year comprehensive HRH intervention to empower frontline health workers, with an ultimate goal to bolster the health status/outcomes…
  • Polio Sero-Prevalence Surveys-Confirming Population Immunity as crippling disease disappears. Abuja, Nigeria 20 November 2014 - By the end of October 2014 Nigeria had recorded tremendous progress with 87% reduction in wild polio virus (WPV1) burden and 78% reduction in geographic spread of the virus. Indigenous transmission of WPV3 has not been reported in the country  for 23 months. Also, the genetic clusters circulating in Nigeria have declined from 8 in 2013 to only 1 in 2014 representing 88% reduction. Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance is the cornerstone of polio surveillance…