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.

  • Ebola Virus Response: Lagos Governor Lauds WHO Lagos 12th September, 2014 - The Lagos State Governor, His Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), the State that recorded the first Ebola case in Nigeria, has emphasized that in spite of the laudable achievements publicized about the response in many quarters “our recent experience with the Ebola virus disease has taught us a lesson that the disposition of complacency is not a luxury available to us” as long as the West African sub-region is not declared free from the Ebola scourge.…
  • EBOLA: WR Underscores Importance of Partnership with the Private Sector Lagos, 12th September, 2014 - The WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Rui Gama Vaz,  has conveyed the gratitude of development partners for the assistance rendered to the Nigerian government by the Dangote Foundation in providing financial support for the setting-up and running of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Center in Lagos and for the Foundation’s readiness to support Public health emergencies with adequate resources. The WR was speaking when he met Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the chairman of the Dangote Foundation…
  • Addressing Inequity of Health Service- Delivery in Northern Nigeria. Abuja 09 September, 2014 - Every year, thousands of children mostly under five years of age die from vaccine preventable diseases in Nigeria. The National Routine Immunization Strategic Plan (2013 – 2015), stipulates that 40% of the childhood deaths are attributed to vaccine preventable diseases such as measles, neonatal tetanus, hepatitis etc.  Some factors contributing to such alarming death rates is inequity in health services provision. The WHO with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) aims to put…
  • 28th ERC Meeting Ends-Experts endorse local strategies for an “all-out” effort to finish polio in Nigeria Abuja 05 September, 2014 - The Chairman and members of the Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Polio eradication and Routine Immunization for Nigeria which comprises global and local experts on polio eradication on Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014 endorsed local innovations  to launch an "all-out" effort to finish wild poliovirus (WPV) in Kano, the only state with on-going transmission, in order to end the fight against the paralyzing disease.  Dr. Hamid Jafari, the acting Director of Polio Eradication  in WHO Headquarters, who…
  • Ebola Virus Disease: WR visits Rivers Governor in Port Harcourt Port Harcourt, 02  September 2014- The WHO country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Rui Vaz in company of Operations Officer, Mr Alieu Wadda, and the Incident Manager, Ebola Operations Centre, Dr Faisal paid a visit to the Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon Rotimi C. Amaechi and the Commissioner of health, Dr Sampson Parker, to discuss the response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the State. In his remarks, Dr Rui Vaz commended the leadership and commitment the State has…