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11 Aug 2017 description
  • The United Kingdom has announced £100 million in new funding to polio eradication to meet the final challenges. Details.

  • Front-line worker Khalida in Pakistan: part of building trust in vaccines. More.

27 Jul 2017 description
  • The first report of the Transition Independent Monitoring Board (TIMB) has now been published, following the group’s first meeting last month. The TIMB has been established at the request of the Polio Oversight Board (POB) to independently monitor and guide the polio transition process, especially in the 16 countries prioritized for transition planning. The group’s next meeting will be held in London,
    United Kingdom, on 2-3 November. More.

17 Jul 2017 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

» Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).

» The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).

13 Jul 2017 description

Polio this week as of 12 July 2017

  • At the G20 Head of State Summit in Hamburg, Germany, last weekend, leaders acknowledged the efforts to eradicate and committed to completing the job of polio eradication. More.

  • Journal of Infectious Diseases publishes supplement of articles on polio endgame and legacy implementation lessons learned and best practices. More.

06 Jul 2017 description

Weekly country updates as of 4 July 2017

Afghanistan

No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains four. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 16 April from Nawzad district, Hilmand province.

29 Jun 2017 description
  • WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan retirement:  GPEI offers sincere thanks for her ten-year leadership, which brought the world to the threshold of being polio-free.

  • Containment update:  progress towards containment of poliovirus type 2 published.

22 Jun 2017 description
  • In Syria, 15 new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week, bringing the total number of cVDPV2 cases in the country to 17. Sixteen of the 17 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir-Al-Zour governorate, and one case is from Raqua district, Raqua governorate. All cases had onset of paralysis between 3 March and 23 May.

  • The 14th report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has been published, following the group’s meeting in May.

08 Jun 2017 description
  • In Syria, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak has been confirmed. The virus strain was isolated from two cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and one healthy contact, from Deir-Ez-Zor governorate. See the ‘Syrian Arab Republic’ section below for more information.

30 May 2017 description
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WELCOME

For those observing the month of Ramadan, there will be few occasions when we feel the needs of others more keenly. The act of fasting will for many serve as a reminder that there are those who have known hunger throughout their lives – lives that will change little without a broader shift in circumstances.

That people suffer from malnutrition, in our world of plenty, is difficult to comprehend. That nine children die from it every minute, is difficult to express, because even one is unacceptable.

15 Mar 2017 description

R2P Monitor is a bimonthly bulletin applying the Responsibility to Protect lens to populations at risk of mass atrocities around the world. Issue 32 looks at developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Myanmar, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Philippines and Central African Republic.

Issue 32 also includes an insert regarding states that have endorsed the Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians. For more information on the Kigali Principles, see: Peacekeeping and the Kigali Principles.