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10 May 2018 description

10 May 2018
Geneva

The seventeenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 30 April 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference.

16 Apr 2018 description

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, disburses final US$12 million of US$120 million commitment made in 2013

GENEVA (16 April 2018) – The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced today that the UAE has completed the US$ 120 million commitment made by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the 2013 Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi.

03 Apr 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• GoP extends legal status for Afghan refugees through June 2018

• Humanitarian NGOs continue operations while awaiting registration decisions from the GoP

• USG responds to needs of vulnerable IDPs, returnees in FATA and KPk

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

20 Mar 2018 description

Islamabad, 19 March 2018 – Having achieved the lowest ever case count of 8 in 2017, Pakistan is on right trajectory to finish the job in 2018 by maintaining intense pressure of the crippling Polio virus. This was concluded by the National Polio Management Team (NPMT) that met in Islamabad today to review the progress on National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) and chalk out strategic direction for the low transmission season 2018/19.  

03 Mar 2018 description

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to go for advanced mechanism to diagnose poliovirus and determine its area of origin.

Not only advanced machinery will be purchased but staff will also be trained in using it.

National Coordinator of the National Emergency Operation Centre for polio eradication Dr Rana Mohammad Safdar while talking to Dawn said diagnosis of poliovirus was increasingly becoming difficult as the virus has been decreasing in Pakistan.

Japan to provide $3.2m for procurement of new equipment

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.