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22 Sep 2017 description

A force of determined women involved in the fight against polio is leading work to fight the cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria

A force of determined women already involved in the fight against polio has been assembled to lead work to curb the spread of a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria. Displaced by conflict and themselves living in camps around the crisis region, these women are moving from tent to tent to help families understand the risks they face during the rainy season, and how to get help if they fall ill.

20 Sep 2017 description

Abuja, 20 September 2017 - The 34th session of the Expert Review Committee on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization (ERC), cautions the Nigeria programme to guard against complacency as the country is ”not out of the woods yet”. The warning according to ERC, is germane, given recent antecedents despite one year without any reported case of wild poliovirus (WPV) in Nigeria.

In 2016, the Government reported four laboratory confirmed WPV cases between July and August after almost two years without the detection of WPV.

20 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of September 15, 2017, the cumulative number of suspected and confirmed cholera cases and deaths are 2,451 and 48 respectively (CFR 1.9%). The burden of cases has decreased in Jere and Dikwa, while it remains high in Monguno.

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.

14 Sep 2017 description

The Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) met in Brazzaville, Congo at the Hotel Ledger from 16th to 17th June 2017 for its first ordinary meeting of the year. Dr Joseph Cabore the Director, Programme Management, WHO AFRO, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. He also declared the meeting open.

07 Sep 2017 description

Makurdi, 07 September 2017 - “Sunday the 27 of August is not a day I will forget in a hurry. It was as if the heavens opened their doors and it did not only rain, it poured. Visibility was bad and with the torrential rains, houses shook, roof tops gave way and before you knew it, we were outside in the rain and nowhere to go,” says Mrs. Theresa Ityokyaan a resident of Makurdi.

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.

28 Aug 2017 description

Abuja, 23 August, 2017 – The Chairman, International Polio Plus Committee (IPPC), Mr Michael McGovern, has disclosed that Rotary International has spent close to 1.7 billion US dollars on polio eradication with most of the funding going to Nigeria’s polio programme.

28 Aug 2017 description

Abuja, 23 August, 2017 – The Chairman, International Polio Plus Committee (IPPC), Mr Michael McGovern, has disclosed that Rotary International has spent close to 1.7 billion US dollars on polio eradication with most of the funding going to Nigeria’s polio programme.