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18 Feb 2018 description

KEY UPDATES:

  • Bird flu outbreak was reported from four poultry farms in Herat city on 17 January 2018. Precautionary measures were taken to quarantine the areas and dispose of the infected birds. The preventive and controlling activities are still ongoing in the province.

  • A total of 1,047 families were displaced due to conflict in northeastern and southern regions.

  • In Kunar and Nangarhar province, cross border shelling from Pakistan resulted in an increased number of trauma cases.

14 Feb 2018 description

Polio this week as of 07 February 2018

03 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Steve Baragona

WASHINGTON — 

Polio cases in Pakistan rose by 73 percent during the most intense periods of civil conflict there in recent years, according to a new study.

The report, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is one of the first to provide concrete evidence of the impacts insecurity has on efforts to eradicate the paralyzing disease.

30 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

In 2017, South Asia was impacted by large-scale natural and human-caused disasters.

25 Jan 2018 description

Polio this week as of 24 January 2017

25 Jan 2018 description
report Rotary

EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Rotary is giving $53.5 million in grants to support immunization and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

More than half of the funds will support efforts to end polio in two of the three countries where polio remains endemic:

25 Jan 2018 description

Key Updates

  • Conflict and displacement continued to affect delivery of health services across the country in December 2017.

  • In Nangarhar, the Khogiani IDPs continued to burden health services in surrounding districts.

  • 8 health facilities in 4 districts in the west region were closed by Taliban and three health facilities were closed in Kandahar.

  • 1,414 families were displaced in the northeastern region.

19 Jan 2018 description

Islamabad: Federal Minister for National Health Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarrar and Prime Minister’s Focal person for Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq have strongly condemned the cowardly attack on innocent polio worker in Balochistan in which two front line workers have been martyred by the terrorists.

15 Jan 2018 description

Islamabad, 15 Jan, 2017 - The first national campaign of 2018 will kick start from Monday across all provinces, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan except for Karachi. Over 260,000 health workers and support staff will be administering polio drops to almost 38 million under five children during the next five days. Campaign in Karachi was delayed due to administrative reasons and will be starting from 22nd January.

14 Jan 2018 description

The UAE provided over 254.4 million units of polio vaccine to more than 43 million Pakistani children between 2014 and 2017, through its anti-polio drive in the country.

The UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE-PAP, was launched under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to support the health sector and strengthen the polio prevention programmes in Pakistan.

10 Jan 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Approximately 155,200 refugees and undocumented persons return to Afghanistan from Pakistan between January and November 2017

• GoP restrictions constrain INGO activities in Pakistan

• USAID responds to needs of vulnerable returnee populations in FATA and KPk

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

08 Jan 2018 description

Current major event

Health threats reported in 2017

In 2017, a variety of emerging and reemerging infectious disease threats were reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). Most of the threats began in 2016, including chikungunya in Pakistan, or were already endemic in the country, for example, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Afghanistan. However, new threats, such as diphtheria in Yemen, have also been observed this year.

Editorial note

04 Jan 2018 description

Polio this week as of 03 January 2018

02 Jan 2018 description

Current major event

Declining trend of cholera in Somalia

Data from the Ministry of Health in Somalia suggests that the cholera outbreak reported in 2017 in the country is gradually levelling off. The number of cholera cases and deaths have significantly decreased in recent months and no deaths were recorded from August up to November.
The number of cases reported during the month of November is the lowest in 2017.

Editorial note

21 Dec 2017 description

Polio this week as of 20 December 2017

  • New on polioeradication.org: In 2017, global progress and renewed commitment brought us closer than ever to a world without polio.

  • Germany announced additional critically needed funding for polio eradication in Pakistan.

  • Polio eradication remains a top priority for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

21 Dec 2017 description

KEY UPDATES:

  • Conflict continued to displace families and individuals, which created pressure on health services around the country in November 2017. Due to the newly increased number of IDPs from Khogiani district in the Eastern region, the host communities of the surrounding areas were stretched with patients.

  • Number of closed health facilities was increased in the southern region due to the deteriorated security situation.