Nigeria crisis

Update on yellow fever in Nigeria

21 December 2017 - Reports of yellow fever cases throughout Nigeria are escalating concerns about the risk of large, costly, and difficult-to-control outbreaks in urban areas requiring huge supplies of life-saving vaccines and increasing the potential for large-scale national and worldwide spread. Fears that the situation in globally connected Nigeria could soon mirror the massive 2016 urban outbreak in Angola, during which cases were exported to neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo and as far as China, are raising urgent calls for quick containment.

WHE Emergency Manager, Dr. Collins Owili vaccinates a child against cholera during the flagoff ceremong of the OCV campaign in Borno state.

WHO helps Nigeria control cholera in Borno state

22 December 2017 -- Nigeria has successfully contained a five-month cholera outbreak in conflict-affected Borno state, with support from the World Health Organization and other health partners. The Government announced the end of the outbreak on Thursday (December 21) after two weeks had passed with no new cases.

“With the support of WHO and other health actors, Borno State moved to quick action to control the outbreak. With that strong resolve to limit mortality and morbidity, this was achieved, and we can say that we have succeeded,” said Dr Muhammad Aminu Ghuluze, Director of Emergency Response, Borno State Ministry of Health.


1.4 million vaccines from global stockpile support yellow fever control in Nigeria

1 December 2017 - The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on vaccine provision for yellow fever has provided 1.4 million vaccine doses for an immunization campaign that starts on Saturday (2 December) to help control an ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria.


As Nigerian government Flags-off 2017/2018 Measles Vaccination Campaign, Kaduna state Governor's children get vaccinated against measles disease.

8 November 2017 - In a ceremony attended by stakeholders in the health sector to kick start the 2017 / 2018 Measles vaccination campaign, the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr Faisal Shuaib vaccinated the children of Kaduna state Governor, Nasiru El Rufai.

The ceremony which took place at Miyetti-Allah Primary Healthcare Centre in Rigasa ward of Igabi Local Government area of Kaduna state was a clear demonstration of the level of ownership and involvement of government and partners to ensure all eligible children aged nine (9) months to fifty nine (59) months are vaccinated with measles vaccine in the country.

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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

In north-eastern Nigeria, some 5.2 million people face food insecurity. When people are malnourished, preventable diseases like cholera and malaria can turn deadly. The biggest killer is often malaria. WHO and health sector partners are working with the Nigerian Government to support malaria control efforts, such as distribution of bed nets and providing malaria drugs. However, efforts will fall short without more funds, especially for health sector partners. More than 10 000 people could die from preventable deaths due to malaria in the coming months.



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.