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01 Mar 2019 description

The twentieth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 19 February 2019 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States attending via teleconference, supported by the WHO secretariat.

17 Dec 2018 description
22 Nov 2018 description
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan –five wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental samples. Pakistan –one WPV1 positive environmental sample. Papua New Guinea – three cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1). DRC- one case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Nigeria – two cases of cVDPV2. Somalia- two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples. See country sections below for more details.

15 Nov 2018 description

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INTRODUCTION

This is the 16th report produced by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

09 Nov 2018 description
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan – No new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) or WPV1 positive environmental samples. Pakistan – Two new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) and two WPV1 positive environmental samples. Papua New Guinea – no new cases reported this week. Democratic Republic of Congo – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Nigeria- four new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Somalia- no new cases reported this week. Niger- one new case of circulating vaccine-driven polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2).

02 Nov 2018 description
  • World Polio Day activities garnered global attention. Partners, donors, and popular public figures around the world brought attention to the cause of polio and the efforts to eradicate polio. A quick overview of some of the World Polio Day highlights
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan – Three new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) and four WPV1 positive environmental samples.
31 Oct 2018 description

INTRODUCTION

This is the 16th report produced by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

25 Oct 2018 description
  • World Polio Day activities are in full swing. Join partners around the world in raising awareness about the global effort to eradicate polio.
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan – one wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental sample; Pakistan – two WPV1 cases and four WPV1-positive environmental samples; and, Nigeria – one cVDPV2 case and three cVDPV2-positive environmental samples. See country-specific sections below for further details.
18 Oct 2018 description
  • World Polio Day is coming up on 24 October: join partners around the world in making this year’s World Polio Day a success.
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan – one wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case and five WPV1-positive environmental samples; Pakistan – two WPV1-positive environmental samples; Niger – three circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases; Somalia – one cVDPV type 3 case; and, Papua New Guinea – three cVDPV type 1 cases. See country-specific sections below for further details.
12 Oct 2018 description
  • Papua New Guinea’s National Department of Health, WHO, UNICEF and partners issue a ‘100 Days Report’: featuring the highlights of response operations so far, the report is dedicated to the thousands of front-line polio workers who brave difficult conditions and work long hours to protect children in Papua New Guinea from polio.

05 Oct 2018 description
  • Preparations for World Polio Day are in full swing: partners and stakeholders across the world are preparing for World Polio Day on 24 October, to raise awareness and resources for the global eradication effort. Join Rotarians around the world in making this year’s World Polio Day a huge success. Click here to view a video message by Rotary International President Barry Rassin, inviting everyone to join in World Polio Day activities.

10 May 2018 description

10 May 2018
Geneva

The seventeenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 30 April 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference.

28 Sep 2017 description

In polio-endemic countries, frontline workers are utilizing every opportunity to ensure no child is left behind

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.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Theirworld

This week we have been marking International Women's Day with inspiring stories about people who are tackling gender inequality. Here we look at the continuing attacks on girls' education. Around the world there are 121 million children and adolescents who don't go to school.

Girls make up 53% of those out of primary school and 52% of of those out of lower secondary school, even though only 48% of the world’s under-15 population are girls, according to the Global Partnership for Education.

26 Oct 2016 description

It has been a difficult year for the global campaign to eradicate polio. In August, two new wild polio cases were reported in Nigeria, which accounted for half of the global count in 2012 yet had not recorded a single wild polio incident since July 2014. It was a year away from being certified polio-free by the World Health Organization.

06 Oct 2016 description

Polio this week as of  4 October 2016

  • The new Global Polio Eradication Initiative web site has been launched! The site features a new design, allowing visitors to see the latest information on the programme, interactive data visualizations and media content including photo essays and videos. All resources from the previous website is available on the new site as well.

29 Sep 2016 description

Polio this week as of 27 September 2016

15 Sep 2016 description

Polio this week as of 13 September 2016

  • The regional polio outbreak response in Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin continues, within the broader humanitarian emergency response. Polio teams on the ground, at national, regional and global levels are closely coordinating with the humanitarian emergency response teams, other UN organizations and NGOs, to maximise the impact of all available resources and ensure that polio vaccine and broader health interventions can reach the most vulnerable and at-need populations in the region.