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WHO trains health workers on Early Warning and Alert System in Borno State

Health workers practicing real time reporting during EWARS in Borno
Health workers practicing real time reporting during EWARS in Borno

Maiduguri, 12 September 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has supported the Borno State Ministry of Health (SMOH) to establish Early Warning Alert and Response System (EWARS) by training over 80 health professionals. EWARS is a WHO disease surveillance, alert and response initiative for early detection and containment of disease outbreaks in humanitarian emergency settings.

WHO scales up response to humanitarian crisis in Nigeria


22 AUGUST 2016 | GENEVA - A WHO emergency health team arrived 19 August 2016 in Maiduguri city to assess and respond to the health needs of 800 000 people in north eastern Nigeria, formerly held by militant insurgency groups. WHO is scaling up its emergency response activities, together with partners, to assist hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need of health services. More than half of the health facilities in Borno State, the area most severely affected, are not functioning.

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Commissioner for Health commends WHO for deploying surveillance review team to Borno State

Dr Sule Meleh briefing the external surveilance review team at Borno Polio EOC

Maiduguri, 18 August 2016 - The Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Mshelia has applauded the World Health Organization (WHO) for deploying an international surveillance and outbreak response (OBR) review team to Borno State. The team which is headed by Dr Arshad Quddus from WHO Headquarters in Geneva plans to assess the sensitivity of the surveillance system in the state and the quality of the OBR conducted for the last circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cVDPV) case reported from the state in May, 2016.


Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plan 2016

Health partners funding requirements for 2016
US$ 24 748 290 (health partners including WHO)

WHO funding requirements for 2016
US$ 5 031 200

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