CDC in Nigeria

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an office in Nigeria in 2001. CDC works with federal and state ministries of health to address HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and immunization for vaccine-preventable diseases as well as on strengthening laboratory, surveillance, and workforce capacity to respond to disease outbreaks.

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What CDC is Doing in Nigeria

CDC Impact in Nigeria

CDC supported the population-based HIV/AIDS household survey in Nigeria. The Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) reached approximately 250,000 respondents in 90,000 households. The data will guide activities toward HIV/AIDS epidemic control in Nigeria.

Over 800,000 people received PEPFAR-supported antiretroviral therapy and achieved 82% viral load suppression in 2018.

Supported 10 polio campaigns that administered over 140 million doses of polio vaccines to children under 5 years of age in 2018.

CDC Staff in Nigeria
  • 12 U.S. Assignees
  • 84 Locally Employed
Nigeria at a Glance
  • Population: 190,886,311 (2017)
  • Per capita income: $5,680
  • Life expectancy at birth: F 54/M 53 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 67/1,000 live births

Sources: World Bank 2018, Nigeria
Population Reference Bureau 2018, Nigeria

Nigeria Top 10 Causes of Death
  1. Lower respiratory infections
  2. Neonatal disorders
  4. Malaria
  5. Diarrheal diseases
  6. Tuberculosis
  7. Meningitis
  8. lschemic heart disease
  9. Stroke
  10. Cirrhosis

Source: GBD Compare 2018, Nigeria

  • Dr. Waziri – Helping to Build a Stronger Workforce in Nigeria through FELTP
    Dr. Waziri, Nigeria FELTP graduate and current National Coordinator of the National Stop Transmission of Polio Program (NSTOP), shares how FELTP shaped her career and helped improve the public health system in Nigeria.
    July 21, 2020
  • Confronting Malaria on the Frontline in Nigeria
    Fatima is a compact and energetic woman who serves as primary health care coordinator for the local government in a part of northern Nigeria known as Gwale.
    April 17, 2018
  • Nigeria studies Cameroon’s PHIA implementation
    In order for the global community to measure progress toward UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 goals, data are needed on the impact of country-level HIV/AIDS programs. That’s why the Population-Based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIA) project is so important.
    January 18, 2017
  • CDC supports Nigeria in attaining its first internationally accredited public health laboratory
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has supported the government of Nigeria in achieving its first internationally accredited public health laboratory. The feat occurred with the recent accreditation of the laboratory of the Center for Human Virology and Genomics (CHVG) of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), by SANAS – the South African National Accreditation System.
    November 6, 2017
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Page last reviewed: July 3, 2019
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