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20 Oct 2017 description

The Pakistan polio snapshot gives a monthly update on key information and activities of the polio eradication initiative in Pakistan.

September updates include:

28 Sep 2017 description

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

26 Sep 2017 description

Weekly country updates as of 20 September 2017

Afghanistan

No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains six. The most recent case in the country had onset of paralysis on 10 July, from Zabul province, neighbouring Kandahar province and Pakistan.

26 Sep 2017 description

With the global polio case count at the lowest in history, there has never been a better time to invest in surveillance for poliovirus.

14 Sep 2017 description
  • New on polioeradication.org: Polio vaccines reach vulnerable children in hard to reach areas of Syria.

  • Following flooding in Benue, Nigeria, the World Health Organization has deployed its polio infrastructure across the state to strengthen disease prevention efforts.

  • Pakistan and Afghanistan plan to implement National Immunization Days during the second half of September.

31 Aug 2017 description
  • New on www.polioeradication.org: Planning an effective vaccination campaign; and, reaching the hard-to-reach: overcoming physical obstacles.

  • Pakistan and Afghanistan polio eradication teams convened last week in Islamabad to follow up on the southern corridor (Quetta Block – Greater Kandahar) joint planning for the upcoming low transmission season. The meeting was attended by the national teams as well as the staff from the southern region of Afghanistan and Balochistan province of Pakistan.

11 Aug 2017 description
  • The United Kingdom has announced £100 million in new funding to polio eradication to meet the final challenges. Details.

  • Front-line worker Khalida in Pakistan: part of building trust in vaccines. More.

10 Aug 2017 description

Karachi’s Khalida - forging a path to trust in vaccines

Fifty-seven year-old Khalida, a striking figure on her four-wheeler motorbike, is a supervisor of one of the female vaccinators’ teams in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city.

27 Jul 2017 description
  • The first report of the Transition Independent Monitoring Board (TIMB) has now been published, following the group’s first meeting last month. The TIMB has been established at the request of the Polio Oversight Board (POB) to independently monitor and guide the polio transition process, especially in the 16 countries prioritized for transition planning. The group’s next meeting will be held in London,
    United Kingdom, on 2-3 November. More.

19 Jul 2017 description

With five national campaigns since October 2016, Pakistan is well positioned to face the challenges ahead.

At the end of May 2017, more than 38 million children under the age of 5 were vaccinated against polio in Pakistan. During the campaign, over 250,000 trained polio workers went from house to house across the length and breadth of the country to vaccinate children against the crippling disease.

13 Jul 2017 description

Polio this week as of 12 July 2017

  • At the G20 Head of State Summit in Hamburg, Germany, last weekend, leaders acknowledged the efforts to eradicate and committed to completing the job of polio eradication. More.

  • Journal of Infectious Diseases publishes supplement of articles on polio endgame and legacy implementation lessons learned and best practices. More.

06 Jul 2017 description

Weekly country updates as of 4 July 2017

Afghanistan

No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains four. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 16 April from Nawzad district, Hilmand province.

29 Jun 2017 description
  • WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan retirement:  GPEI offers sincere thanks for her ten-year leadership, which brought the world to the threshold of being polio-free.

  • Containment update:  progress towards containment of poliovirus type 2 published.

22 Jun 2017 description
  • In Syria, 15 new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week, bringing the total number of cVDPV2 cases in the country to 17. Sixteen of the 17 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir-Al-Zour governorate, and one case is from Raqua district, Raqua governorate. All cases had onset of paralysis between 3 March and 23 May.

  • The 14th report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has been published, following the group’s meeting in May.

21 Jun 2017 description

Important lessons on stopping the poliovirus in the most challenging locations are moving the polio eradication programme closer to the finishing line.

In recent years, the global drive to eradicate polio has seen the virus cornered in fewer places than ever before. Yet polio’s final strongholds are some of the most complicated places in the world to deliver vaccination campaigns. Insecurity and conflict are some of the challenges to delivering vaccines, as well as populations on the move, testing terrain and weather, and weak health systems.