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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.

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.

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.

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.

07 Feb 2017 description

Afghanistan’s long struggle to eradicate polio is showing strong signs that the country is closer than it has ever been to finally stopping the disease, once and for all.

The year 2016 ended with only 13 cases, down from 20 in 2015 and 28 in 2014. Notably, 99% of all districts ended the year polio-free, with transmission cornered in small geographical areas in the south, east and south-east of the country.