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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.

27 Jul 2017 description

Implementation of Event Based Surveillance in Jordan

Jordan is conducting a training workshop for the launch of event based surveillance (EBS) for acute respiratory infections. The workshop to be conducted in Amman, Jordan, from 24 to 27 July 2017 will target public health officers responsible for surveillance and response at governorate level and health professionals from all secondary and tertiary level hospitals in the country.

Editorial note

26 Jul 2017 description

June 2017 marks the end of the 2016/2017 low season for poliovirus transmission. From September 2016 to May 2017 the Pakistan Polio Eradication Initiative conducted nine high-quality supplementary immunization activities (SIAs), achieving a steady increase in the population immunity against wild poliovirus. Across Pakistan, the proportion of vaccinated children increased from 85% in August 2016 to 92% in May 2017, according to in-dependent post-campaign monitoring.

25 Jul 2017 description

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai

QUETTA: A five-day anti-polio campaign began in Quetta, Pishin, Qila Abdullah and Mastung districts of Balochistan amid tight security on Monday.

Health workers and other staff members will cover 127 union councils of the four districts during the campaign.

“Nearly 800,000 children will be administered polio drops,” said Syed Faisal Ahmed, chief coordinator of the provincial emergency operation centre.

19 Jul 2017 description

With five national campaigns since October 2016, Pakistan is well positioned to face the challenges ahead.

At the end of May 2017, more than 38 million children under the age of 5 were vaccinated against polio in Pakistan. During the campaign, over 250,000 trained polio workers went from house to house across the length and breadth of the country to vaccinate children against the crippling disease.

14 Jul 2017 description

Farooq has said that Polio is a zero sum game and until we achieve zero, we cannot relax in our war against polio.

Addressing the concluding ceremony of four-day 10th annual review and training meeting of Field Epidemiology Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) officers she congratulated the program officials for successfully completing six years of dedicated work in Pakistan. NSTOP officers are adding critical value to Pakistan program by providing technical support at district level, she added.

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.

12 Jul 2017 description

Health advisories for travelers to Saudi Arabia, Hajj, 1438 H

Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is one of the largest and most longstanding annual mass gathering event in the world. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has issued Health conditions for travelers to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) – health requirements and recommendations in connection with performing hajj in 2017 (1438 H)

Editorial note

11 Jul 2017 description

Pakistani authorities on July 10 launched a three-day anti-polio drive in parts of the restive tribal areas where the drive was hampered by insecurity in the past.

In Jamrud of Khyber tribal district, polio teams were going from door to door under tight security from the paramilitary personnel administering drops to children below five years.

Health officials said around 350,000 children will be vaccinated during the three-day campaign.

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.

06 Jul 2017 description

An 18-month-old child has been diagnosed with polio in Chaman, Balochistan, health department sources said on Wednesday.

The polio virus was found in Ahmed Shah, a resident of Mehmoodabad, in the area of Chaman. The child reportedly had not received polio drops because of his parent's refusal.

05 Jul 2017 description

Islamabad, 4 July 2017 - To capitalize on the best ever polio epidemiology, Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Programme is sharpening its tools to launch the final offensive against the crippling virus, said Muhammad Ayub Sheikh, Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination.

03 Jul 2017 description

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

This year, more than 141,700 people have fled their homes across the country due to conflict. This is a 22 per cent decline compared to the same period in the previous year, in which 182,600 people were displaced.

03 Jul 2017 description

In May 2017, more than 38 million children under the age of 5 were vaccinated against polio during the National Immunization Day (NIDs). The May campaign was the last campaign of the current low transmission season.

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.

26 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

INTRODUCTION

70 YEARS AND COUNTING

Seven decades ago, the world was recovering from a devastating world war. For millions of child survivors of that war, peace still encompassed a landscape of significant challenges and damaged futures. UNICEF was created to help those children – no matter who they were, no matter where they were from. The only thing that mattered for the nascent organization was achieving results for children in need.

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.