Nigeria crisis

Mobile teams deliver healthcare

13 July 2017 – WHO has trained and deployed 56 mobile teams to areas in Borno state, Nigeria to offer a package of basic health services to people who don't currently have access, because of the conflict. So far, the teams have seen more than 400 000 clients, and referred nearly 40 000 to health facilities when greater care is required. The teams have treated some 83 000 people for different ailments, and more than 50 000 for malaria.

Nigeria declares meningitis outbreak over

29 June 2017 - Nigeria’s Minister of Health officially declared the Meningitis outbreak over on 28 June 2018. Since the outbreak in late 2016, the meningitis infection has claimed over 1,000 lives. WHO's Incident Management System assisted the Ministry of Health with the deployment health care workers, medicines, and supplies.


Overview of WHO operations in north eastern Nigeria

June 2017 - WHO has decided to adopt a sub-regional approach across the four Lake Chad basin affected countries, to increase its interventions, which will address the health needs of the displaced populations and host communities alike.


Polio workers in Nigeria tapped for response to meningitis C outbreak

24 May 2017 - With the real possibility of polio being eradicated globally, plans are underway to determine how best to transition polio workers to retain their knowledge and skills and keep the infrastructure in place. While the meningitis C outbreak in Nigeria has largely been contained, pockets of the disease remain. In support of the Nigerian Government, WHO and partners are planning a second round of vaccinations expected to include support from polio workers.


WHO and partners provide vaccines to control meningitis C in Nigeria

13 April 2017 – A vaccination campaign is under way in Nigeria to contain an outbreak of meningitis C. Meningitis infects the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord and can cause severe brain damage. Meningitis is fatal in 50% of cases if untreated. WHO and partners supported shipments of 1.3M doses of meningitis C vaccines and 20,000 antibiotics.

Nigeria concludes vaccination campaign with neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Benin

30 March 2017 – Simultaneous vaccination campaigns have been completed in several countries in an effort to stop polio transmission in Nigeria and ensure non-resurgence of the virus in polio-free countries. In August 2016, the Nigeria government confirmed a polio outbreak with 4 children paralyzed in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria. Polio had not been detected anywhere on the African continent for close to two years before the outbreak.

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Health facilities damaged

2 out of 3Health facilities damaged in the conflict

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People in need

6.9 millionPeople in need of health assistance

Health Sector Bulletin

Polio vaccination

1.8 millionPolio vaccinated children

Epidemiological Bulletin



Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.


Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.

Children waiting at a hospital in Ibanda, Uganda


Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, which affects mostly children. It is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons.