Nigeria, and by extension Africa, is officially wild poliovirus (WPV) free, thanks to large, ongoing investments and efforts by Nigeria and GPEI partners. The last incidence of WPV was discovered in Nigeria in August 2016. However, outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus 2 (cVDPV2) have recently emerged in various countries, including Nigeria.

In this one-year project, SCIDaR provides technical assistance to the national and state EOCs/SPHCDAs in their response to the cVDPV2 transmission, building on our experience supporting polio programmes in Borno and Yobe states. We ensure effective planning and coordination, as well as the use of data for decision-making, to ensure the implementation of quality campaigns. We work with our technology partner to implement geo-tracking technologies as part of the technical support to ensure maximum coverage in key LGAs. We are also working with states to deploy tailored assistance to settlements with security issues so that no child is left unreached.

We work with a group of additional partners to mobilise traditional and political leaders across Nigeria to promote polio programme ownership, improve demand, and strengthen systems