Nigeria crisis

Women receive health care from mobile teams in Nigeria

WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria

17 February 2017 – Medical teams supported by WHO set up mobile clinics in remote and insecure areas of north-eastern Nigeria to provide urgently needed care to populations deprived of essential health services. Two-thirds of hospitals, clinics and other health facilities in the most affected states have been completely or partially damaged. The 24 mobile teams give consultations to approximately 4000 people every week.

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WHO team carrying out measles vaccination campaign at internally displaced people’s camp in Nigeria

Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in north-eastern Nigeria

12 January 2017 – A mass vaccination campaign to protect more than 4 million children against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria is planned to start this week. The two-week campaign, which starts on 13 January, will target all children aged from 6 months to 10 years in accessible areas in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

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One third of health facilities are destroyed in Borno State, Nigeria

14 December 2016 – According to a report released today by WHO, of those facilities remaining, one third are not functioning at all. WHO has been working with the Borno State Ministry of Health to set up a Health Resources Availability Monitoring System (known as HeRAMS) to collect information on the availability of health resources and services in this humanitarian crisis.

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A team provides health care services in an

WHO response in north-eastern Nigeria

25 November 2016 – WHO is supporting the response to the humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria where 3.7 million people are in urgent need of health services. Since scaling up its emergency response in August 2016, WHO has set up 160 disease detection sites, sent medicines and supplies to detect and treat malaria and cholera and vaccinated 1.9 million children against polio.

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Dr Haruna Mshelia, the Commissioner for Borno State Ministry of Health addressing participants during  Health resources and services availability mapping system training in Maiduguri

Information on health services essential for humanitarian response in Borno State

14 November 2016 - WHO is supporting the Borno State Ministry of Health to roll out an online system that collects important information about health services. This system, known as Health Resources Availability Monitoring System (HeRAMS), aims to improve the collection, collation and analysis of information on the availability of health resources and services in humanitarian emergencies.

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A team of workers offloading emergency medical supplies at State Ministry of Health warehouse in Nigeria

WHO donates emergency medical supplies for the response in Borno State

11 November 2016 - WHO has donated lifesaving medical supplies to three health sector partners responding to the emergency health needs of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Borno State, Nigeria. These kits are being used to support the response in Benisheik hospital and camps in Jere and Maiduguri local government areas. These kits also contained medicines and supplies to prevent malaria and HIV infection.

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People in need

3.7 millionPeople in need of health assistance

Situation report

Polio vaccination

1.8 millionChildren vaccinated against polio in Borno State

Polio in Nigeria

Measles vaccination

4.8 millionChildren to be vaccinated in a mass measles vaccination campaign

Millions of children to receive measles vaccine

Health workforce

WHO has trained 24 teams of health workers to provide essential health care to around 1 million people in high risk, hard-to-reach areas in north-eastern Nigeria.

Health worker providing care to people in a remote village, Borno State, Nigeria, 2016.



WHO has sent 10 Interagency Diarrhoeal Disease Kits (IDDKs) and 10 full Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) and 30 severe acute malnutrition (SAM) kits to support the Borno State Government’s response.

A team of workers unloads emergency medical supplies at a State Ministry of Health warehouse in Maiduguri, Borno State (Nigeria), 2016.

Distribution of supplies

Health kits


Measles vaccination campaigns, supported by WHO, have started in IDP camps in north-eastern Nigeria. The aim is to reach more than 75 000 children in 18 camps.

Young child receiving oral vaccination, Borno State, Nigeria, 2016.





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.