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18 May 2017 description
  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) is meeting next week in Geneva, Switzerland. Ministers of Health and public health professionals from around the world will convene to discuss global public health issues, including the global drive to eradicate polio. Delegates are anticipated to review current status against each of the four objectives of the Polio Endgame Plan, including reviewing a report requested by the Executive Board (EB) in January 2017 on issues related to transition planning.

12 May 2017 description

LAHORE - In a last push to eradicate virus, Punjab is piloting a mobile application in seven districts of the province to identify and vaccinate children possibly missed in polio immunisation drives.

The mobile application has been developed by the Punjab Information Technology Board with the technical input of the Emergency Operations Centre.

The application, downloaded in a smart phone, has been given to the polio eradication teams in selected union councils of Lahore, Rawalpindi and five South Punjab districts.

11 May 2017 description
  • A major global polio event will be held this June at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta. Find out more.

  • Pakistan’s polio surveillance network provides a silent force behind eradication efforts. Read more.

04 May 2017 description
  • The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) convened last week in Geneva. On polio eradication, the group noted the progress achieved in the remaining endemic countries. Recognizing an ongoing global supply constraint of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), the group urged countries to adopt a fractional-dose approach (1/5th of a full dose), noting that several countries which had implemented this approach are able to meet their national vaccine requirements for its populations, and to prioritize supply to routine immunization rather than to outbreak response.

03 May 2017 description

ISLAMABAD: The International Monitoring Board (IMB) for global polio eradication has hailed Pakistan’s efforts towards eradicating the crippling disease.

01 May 2017 description

The Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) is a global-scale public health intervention that has made significant progress by sparing millions of children from lifelong paralysis. The number of endemic countries decreased from 123 in 1988 to two in 2015 as a consequence of global efforts. Currently, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only three remaining polio-endemic countries in the world.

Polio in Afghanistan

30 Apr 2017 description


PESHAWAR: The administration has stopped arresting parents over refusing polio vaccination to their children after community’s reaction to such action and threats to the health workers.

It is now banking on the union council level committees comprising clerics, elected representatives and members of the district administration to convince people on immunisation of their children.

30 Apr 2017 description


QUETTA: The air hits you like an ice-cold knife as you step into the freezer room in Quetta’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) office building.

A prohibited area which is under strict guard, the vault-like room (kept at minus 24 degrees Centigrade) is stacked from floor to ceiling with shelves upon shelves of thousands of neatly stacked sealed boxes of vaccines worth millions of rupees.

28 Apr 2017 description

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization1 met on 25-27 April 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Polio eradication

28 Apr 2017 description

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) is meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland. The group is expected to review the global polio eradication status and advise on additional measures that should be undertaken to fully implement the Polio Endgame Strategic Plan and secure a lasting polio-free world.

26 Apr 2017 description
report UN News Service

26 avril 2017 – Le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) a fourni 2,5 milliards de doses de vaccins à des centaines de millions d'enfants dans près de 100 pays en 2016, atteignant près de la moitié des enfants âgés de moins de cinq ans dans le monde.

Cela fait de l'agence onusienne le plus grand fournisseur de vaccins pour les enfants dans le monde, a précisé l'UNICEF dans un communiqué de presse.

26 Apr 2017 description

KARACHI: Experts on Tuesday said as the world marked global immunisation week, Pakistan was battling with miserably low coverage of vaccination with Sindh standing at the bottom of the ladder.

“Sindh has less than 30 per cent coverage of immunisation, which is pathetically low, and what adds to the wound is that such figures are static for years,” said Prof Jamal Raza, president, Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPA) for Sindh, at a briefing.

25 Apr 2017 description

20 April 2017 – In a small health facility in Sakhi Sarwar, a little town in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Dr Ujala Nayyar, WHO’s Surveillance Officer for Punjab, leans over a register to review all doctors’ appointments in recent months. She is checking every record to look for symptoms that could be signs of polio, like the sudden floppiness in arms, legs or any part of the body that indicates acute flaccid paralysis (AFP).

24 Apr 2017 description

Sakhi Sarwar, April 23, 2017 - In a small health facility in Sakhi Sarwar, a little town in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Dr Ujala Nayyar, WHO’s Surveillance Officer for Punjab, leans over a register to review all doctors’ appointments in the recent months, as District Surveillance Coordinator (DSC) stands by her side to assist her. She is checking all records that may reflect signs of polio, like sudden onset of paralysis or floppy weakness in arms, legs or any part of the body that indicate acute flaccid paralysis (AFP).

21 Apr 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 April 2017 and includes updates on influenza, cholera, poliomyelitis, measles, legionnaires' disease and yellow fever.

20 Apr 2017 description

Over the next two weeks, key global meetings will take place to review the global polio epidemiology and examine what additional efforts must be implemented to achieve a lasting polio-free world. Next week, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) will meet in Geneva, as well the next meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on the spread of poliovirus (via teleconference). These meetings will be followed the week after by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), convening in London.

17 Apr 2017 description

Islamabad, April 16, 2017: First of the two back-to-back nation-wide immunization campaigns will be starting across Pakistan on Monday where more than 37.2 million children will be administered polio drops during the whole week.

13 Apr 2017 description
  • The Polio Research Committee (PRC) is meeting this week in Geneva, to continue to provide guidance to the eradication effort’s research agenda. Research underpins polio eradication, evaluating new strategies, products and solutions to long-standing operational, epidemiological and virological challenges.

  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: two new wild poliovirus type 1 positive environmental samples from Pakistan.

07 Apr 2017 description


165 Surveillance systems to track progress towards polio eradication worldwide, 2015–2016

175 Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2017

179 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– December 2016


165 Systèmes de surveillance pour suivre les progrès accomplis dans le monde vers l’éradication de la poliomyélite, 2015-2016

175 Fonctionnement de la surveillance de la paralysie flasque aiguë (PFA) et incidence de la poliomyélite, 2017

06 Apr 2017 description
  • Last week, the Technical Advisory Group Consultation on Polio Eradication in Pakistan convened in Islamabad, to review current epidemiology and strategies to eradicate remaining strains of transmission for the rest of the year. See ‘Pakistan’ section below for more.

  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: no new viruses reported this week.