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29 May 2013 description
  • At last week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, health ministers from around the world acknowledged the progress achieved in the past year in bringing polio to its lowest ever levels, thanks to actions of Member States in placing polio eradication on an emergency footing. Delegates endorsed the new Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 to secure a lasting polio-free world and urged for its full implementation and financing.

12 Oct 2011 description

Situation analysis

  • On 25 August 2011, a Kenyan child was struck with paralysis due to type 1 wild poliovirus (WPV1). This most recent case of WPV is closely linked genetically not only to this transmission in Uganda in 2010, but also to cases in Kenya in 2009, signifying that this chain of transmission has persisted for at least 24 months.

  • Given gaps in surveillance performance, it is difficult to say with certainty whether circulation of the virus persisted in either Uganda or Kenya.