Project profile — Polio Eradication Through Strengthened Routine Polio Immunization


WHO - World Health Organization (41143)
2016-03-29 - 2021-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Nigeria (100.00%)


• Health, General: Medical education/training (12181) (10.00%)
• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (20.00%)
Infectious disease control (12250) (50.00%)
Health education (12261) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to maintain the gains made towards polio eradication in Nigeria while strengthening the routine immunization system. The project ultimately seeks to eradicate polio in Nigeria. Project activities include: (1) develop village-level micro-plans (vaccination plans detailed down to the household level) to immunize every child against polio (approximately 6.6 million girls and 6.9 million boys); (2) provide training for, and support deployment of, 154,000 vaccination team members (male and female); (3) conduct training for up to 8000 health workers to improve capacity for routine immunization; and (4) conduct intensified routine immunization activities to protect up to 250,000 children from vaccine preventable diseases.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased and sustained herd immunity (when the vaccination of a significant portion of a population provides a measure of protection) against polio virus in polio priority states; and (2) increased protection against common vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) in select local government areas (LGAs).

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (January 2021) include: (1) reached over 40 million children (boys and girls) between the age of zero to five years with oral poliovirus vaccines (OPV) and more than 38 million children (boys and girls) under the age of one through routine immunization activities. These achievements contributed to the country being certified as wild polio virus-free following three years without a case; (2) conducted 6,658,923 vaccination sessions in all 36 states within Nigeria; (3) strengthened vaccination capacities by training 449,814 vaccination team members (of whom 81% are women; and (4) strengthened Nigeria’s vaccination strategies through (i) the use of women vaccinators to reach children in households, (ii) the support of the military to position vaccination teams at military screening points and (iii) using the house-to-house approach that allowed teams to go from house to house to vaccinate children.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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