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30 Nov 2012 description


1 . When the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) issued its first report early in April 2011:

• 99% of polio had been eradicated a decade previously but 1% had remained since then.

• Four countries had ‘endemic’ disease: India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.

• Three countries that had previously been free of disease had ‘re-established transmission’ for more than six months: Angola, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

18 Jul 2012 description

A year has passed since Angola saw its most recent case of polio; yet children in the capital, Luanda, continue to be missed

On 7 July 2012, Angola achieved a significant milestone – a year without a single case of polio. Its last case dates to 7 July 2011, from Uige province, and was a new importation from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). Angola’s last indigenous case due to its re-established transmission virus dates back to March 2011.

17 Jul 2012 description

Angola one year since last reported polio case: Angola has not reported a polio case since 7 July 2011. This case was a new importation from neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. Angola's last case from re-established transmission virus occurred in March 2011. However, there remains a risk of low-level undetected circulation due to some subnational surveillance gaps. Surveillance reviews are being undertaken to strengthen sensitivity, and environmental surveillance is anticipated to be introduced as an additional measure.

30 Jun 2012 description


1 . Polio is at its lowest level since records began. In the first four months of 2012, there have been fewer cases in fewer districts of fewer countries than at any previous time and, importantly, many fewer than in the same period last year.

2 . Polio is gone from India – a magnificent achievement and proof of the capability of a country to succeed when it truly takes to heart the mission of protecting its people from this vicious disease.

31 Jan 2012 description


1 . There are 10 months to go to hit the World Health Assembly’s goal of stopping global polio transmission by the end of 2012. Currently the eradication programme is not on track to meet this goal.

2 . Success in India – one of the four polio endemic countries – shows that unswerving political commitment, outstanding public health leadership, clear lines of accountability, intolerance of weak performance and the systematic enforcement of best practice can stop polio.

12 Jan 2012 description

Critical need to maintain immunity to poliovirus in India until global eradication achieved

ATLANTA / EVANSTON, Ill. / GENEVA / NEW YORK / SEATTLE ¦ 12 January 2012 – India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, today completing one year without polio since its last case, in a 2-year-old girl in the state of West Bengal, on 13 January 2011.