The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has a long way to go in preventing regional crises. Many challenges remain in making the infrastructure (especially the Central African Early Warning Mechanism and the Central African Multinational Force) operational and effective, and there is a gap between ambition and reality.
This week, Pakistan will become the second polio-endemic country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization system. More than half the global birth cohort is now receiving at least one dose of IPV through routine immunization systems as a result of the biggest globally synchronized vaccine introduction in history. Read more on the status of IPV introductions here.
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea | AFP | Wednesday 8/19/2015 - 19:56 GMT
A drought and a surge in demand for electricity have left the residents of Equatorial Guinea's economic capital of Bata virtually without power for two weeks, authorities and residents said Wednesday.
The government has urged Bata's hundreds of thousands of residents to be "patient".
Malabo, Guinée équatoriale | AFP | mercredi 19/08/2015
Les 800.000 habitants de Bata, la capitale économique de la Guinée équatoriale, vivent depuis deux semaines dans le noir en raison d'un sévère manque d'alimentation électrique dû à la sécheresse et à l'augmentation de la demande, selon ses habitants et les autorités.
11 August marked one full year without a case of wild poliovirus confirmed on the African continent for the first time in history. Six weeks are required for all remaining samples in the laboratory to be processed and confirmed negative for poliovirus before there can be more confidence in a polio-free year in Africa.
The sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 4 August 2015. The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 24 April 2015: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
By Peter Crowley
Today marks one year since we have had a case of the wild poliovirus anywhere in Africa, the last having been reported from Somalia with a date of onset of 11th August 2014.
What an extraordinary achievement and what a powerful symbol of the progress that has been made on the African continent over the past generation.
This week the emergency committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) is meeting for the sixth time to assess whether the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
Despite the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, a humanitarian pause enabled 50,000 children to be reached with the oral polio vaccine during the final week of Ramadan. Read more
31 juillet 2015 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé vendredi la fermeture de la Mission des Nations Unies pour l'action d'urgence contre Ebola (MINUAUCE) ce 31 juillet 2015, tout en précisant que les efforts de l'ONU pour lutter contre l'épidémie se poursuivront sous la supervision de l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS).
Brazzaville, 2 July 2015 - As members of an EU/WHO/ACP partnership* to improve access to quality medicines meet in Brazzaville, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, praised progress made and called for greater commitment to ensure that Africans have access to the quality, affordable medicines they need.
In this issue:
How Surveillance Works
Containing a Polio Outbreak: Horn of Africa and Central Africa
Review of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan
Global Voices in Support of Polio Eradication
Summary: 23 June 2015, Brussels - Today, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, signed the Central Africa Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for an amount of €350 million for the period 2014-2020.
The signature took place in the presence of Ministers and representatives of the Central African region, the Secretary General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and the President of the Commission for Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).
An Independent Outbreak Response Assessment in Equatorial Guinea took place last week with over a year since the most recent case of polio on the 3 May 2014. They concluded that there is no evidence that wild poliovirus continues to circulate in the country and that there has been a significant improvement in surveillance. Strengthening routine immunization was identified as the highest priority for sustaining the gains of the outbreak response.
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José E. Hagan, MD1,2; Steven G.F. Wassilak, MD2; Allen S. Craig, MD2; Rudolf H. Tangermann, MD3; Ousmane M. Diop, PhD3; Cara C. Burns, PhD4; Arshad Quddus, MD3 (Author affiliations at end of text)
MALABO, Guinée équatoriale, 14 May 2015 – La 8eme Campagne Nationale de vaccination contre la Polio a été lance par la Première Dame de la République de Guinée Equatoriale, S.E. Constancia MANGUE de OBIANG, avec la participation des membres du gouvernement, UNICEF, OMS, autres agences du système de Nations Unies ainsi le corps diplomatique représenté dans la capital du pays notamment les Ambassadeurs des Etats Unies d’Amérique et Cuba.
By the end of 2014, significant progress had been made towards each of the Endgame Plan’s four objectives; the world has never been in a better position to eradicate polio.
As the GPEI enters 2015, efforts are being intensified to build on this progress and stop polio once and for all.
Capitalizing on progress in Nigeria, against outbreaks in central Africa and the Horn of Africa, and against two out of three strains of wild poliovirus