Polio this week as of 22 March 2017
From 25 to 28 March, synchronised polio campaigns will take place across 13 counties in west and central Africa including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali and Niger. Over 190 000 vaccinators will immunize more than 116 million children over the course of the campaigns. Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: No new WPV or cVDPV positives were reported this week.
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week (see country-specific sections below for further details): Pakistan – one WPV1 case, six WPV1 positive environmental samples.
Yemen and Syria have both carried out polio immunization campaigns as part of ongoing efforts to protect children affected by conflict.
Polio immunization activities are empowering over 200 000 disadvantaged women in Nigeria.
Over the years, the Polio Eradication Initiative has been a vehicle for the empowerment of Nigerian women economically and socially. In recent times, this positive development has gained more impact with the timely and direct disbursement of funds for payment of vaccination personnel allowances down to grassroots level.
Afghanistan steps up surveillance to accelerate polio eradication
A strong surveillance system is the backbone of Afghanistan’s polio eradication effort. It ensures that every single poliovirus is detected and analysed, enabling a quick and effective response to stop every strain of the debilitating virus.