- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
The importance of detecting type 2 polioviruses ‘post-switch’
3 February 2017 – In April 2016, the type 2 poliovirus component of trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) was successfully removed from routine immunization programmes around the world, through the globally-synchronized switch from trivalent to bivalent OPV (containing only type 1 and 3 serotypes). Since then, surveillance for type 2 polioviruses from any source globally has been intensified. Why is this important? And how significant is the detection of type 2 strain in a post-switch world?
With nearly two years since the last case of wild polio on the continent, the Africa Regional Certification Commission has met to review progress.
The annual meeting of the Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for the Eradication of Polio took place in Algeria from 27 June–01 July 2016 to assess progress towards the certification of the African region as polio-free. A Secretariat comprised of representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) from the African region chaired the meeting of 47 African Member states, represented by National Polio Committees.