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.

  • Yobe State commits to sustaining the hard-to-reach project for underserved communities Abuja, 24 June 2015 - The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Yobe State on health, Dr Bello Kawuwa has lauded the effort made by the teams engaged by the World Health Organization (WHO) Hard-to-Reach project towards reaching children and women in areas with difficult terrains, including populations in security compromised areas of the state.
  • WHO Nigeria embarks on strengthening human resource management; and documentation of polio programme best practices. Abuja, 22 June 2015 - The World Health Organization (WHO) in Nigeria has successfully concluded two separate workshops in Abuja from 15-20 June, 2015. The workshops addressed different themes aimed at building capacity towards supporting the country in its drive to provide the required human resources for the attainment of the highest level of health by all Nigerians; and to document best practices that are contributing towards the goal of achieving interruption of polio transmission in Nigeria.
  • Nigeria commemorates 2015 World Blood Donor Day Abuja, 15 June 2015 - Nigeria joined the rest of the world in marking the  2015 World Blood Donor Day, which commenced  with a procession along Shehu Shagari Way in  Abuja  dubbed “walk for life”, followed by a press briefing  on Saturday, 13th June 2015. The procession was led by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute.
  • WHO Nigeria supports synchronization of immunization along international borders. Abuja, 14 June 2015 - States in the North West of Nigeria comprising  Jigawa,  Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto, sharing international borders with the Republic of Niger, have administered oral polio vaccine to 24, 952 children aged  0-59 months during the sub-National Immunization Plus Days (sNIPDs) conducted from 6-9 June 2015 to boost the immunity of populations living in border settlements.
  • WHO targets confined and returning displaced populations with immunization in Adamawa state. Abuja, 13 June 2015 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has coordinated immunization activities to support Adamawa State to immunize 68,495 under five children from 687 previously unreached settlements due to insecurity during the 6-9 June, 2015 sub-National Immunization Plus Days (sNIPDs), out of which, 646 were receiving oral polio vaccine (OPV) for the first time.