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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.

21 Jun 2017 description

Important lessons on stopping the poliovirus in the most challenging locations are moving the polio eradication programme closer to the finishing line.

In recent years, the global drive to eradicate polio has seen the virus cornered in fewer places than ever before. Yet polio’s final strongholds are some of the most complicated places in the world to deliver vaccination campaigns. Insecurity and conflict are some of the challenges to delivering vaccines, as well as populations on the move, testing terrain and weather, and weak health systems.

19 Jun 2017 description

Current major event

Diagnostic capacity for Zika Virus enhanced

19 Jun 2017 description

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

This year, more than 136,300 people have fled their homes due to conflict in Afghanistan. This is 25 per cent less compared to the same period in the previous year, in which 181,030 people were displaced. Displacements this year have reached the majority of the country, with displacements being registered in 29 out of 34 provinces. Some 17 per cent of all displaced people have sought refuge in areas deemed hard to reach for humanitarian partners.

18 Jun 2017 description

Current major event

Communications in public health emergencies

Recent experience with famine and cholera outbreak in Somalia has shown that communication, whether with affected communities, among public health response actors, or with the media, is a critical component of effective response to public health emergencies.

Editorial note

13 Jun 2017 description

13 JUNE 2017 | GENEVA - World Health Organization Director-General elect, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has welcomed contributions and pledges of US$1.2 billion for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The pledges were made at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, USA which is being attended by 32 000 Rotarians from around the world.

“It is humbling to see again the power of this incredible global partnership to generate funding to fight one of the world’s most horrible and debilitating diseases,” said Dr Tedros.

12 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Countries and partners pledge US$ 1.2 billion to protect 450 million children from polio every year

ATLANTA (12 June 2017) – Today, global health leaders gathered at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta to reaffirm their commitment to eradicating polio and pledge US$ 1.2 billion to finance efforts to end the disease.

12 Jun 2017 description

Bhurban, 10 June 2017 - The National Polio Management Team (NPMT) met in Bhurban on 8 and 9 June to review the progress of Pakistan’s National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) on polio eradication and to chalk out the programme’s critical steps for the remainder of 2017.

09 Jun 2017 description

Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Media release

9 June 2017

Today I announce that the Australian Government will contribute new funding to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help the global fight to end polio.

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.

07 Jun 2017 description

LAHORE: “The government health facility is located at a distance and we were reluctant to go there. But we came here because this place is easily accessible”, says the mother of 10-month old Mashal Khan after getting routine immunization to the child at a specially organized health camp set up in Lahore’s old Victoria School.

“Since we were away to our ancestral home my child missed out on OPV drops in the last campaign and also did not receive measles vaccination, this camp has helped me catch up on those missed opportunities,” says the mother.

05 Jun 2017 description

Current major event

Resurgence of Cholera Outbreak in Yemen

The current cholera outbreak in Yemen, started in October 2016, showed a sign of decline in the first three months of the year. An upsurge of cases and deaths were recorded from 27 April 2017. As of 28 May 2017, a cumulative total of 88,849 suspected cholera cases including 657 associated deaths (CFR: 0.73%) were recorded from 261 districts in 19 governorates across the country since the beginning of the outbreak in 2016

Editorial note

02 Jun 2017 description

In the last stage of polio eradication, Pakistan con-tinues to implement an intense vaccination cam-paign schedule focused on operational improve-ments to achieve high population immunity in the core reservoirs of Karachi, Khyber-Peshawar and the Quetta block, and to keep the rest of the coun-try polio-free.

01 Jun 2017 description
  • Delegates to the World Health Assembly discussed how to finish the job and address the challenges of the post-polio world last week in Geneva.

  • After a polio outbreak, how do experts make sure that the virus is gone for good? Find out more about finding that needle in the haystack.

31 May 2017 description

In the last stage of polio eradication, Pakistan continues to implement an intense vaccination campaign schedule focused on operational improve-ments to achieve high population immunity in the core reservoirs of Karachi, Khyber-Peshawar and the Quetta block, and to keep the rest of the coun-try polio-free.

29 May 2017 description

Current major event

Implementation of Electronic EWARN Platform in EMRO

In collaboration with ITT unit of the Regional Office, the IHM unit of the Department of WHO Health Emergen- cies Programme in EMRO is developing a regional electronic platform for EWARN (Early warning Alert and Re- sponse Network) for humanitarian crisis affected settings.

Editorial note

26 May 2017 description

Islamabad, 20 May, 2017: On an unusually hot morning in May, Sehat Muhafiz (health protector) mobile vaccination teams mark the gates of residents of Koral village in Islamabad. The markings denote numerous technical aspects serve to facilitate for teams, supervisors and monitors, but the most important of which is the count of children who either have been or should be given two drops of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) in this door to door campaign.

25 May 2017 description
  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) is meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland.  Ministers of Health and public health professionals from around the world are discussing global public health issues, including the global drive to eradicate polio.  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) secretariat has prepared a status report, which will inform the discussions by Member States.

25 May 2017 description

GENEVA—The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce.

Polio