World Polio Day activities garnered global attention. Partners, donors, and popular public figures around the world brought attention to the cause of polio and the efforts to eradicate polio. A quick overview of some of the World Polio Day highlights
Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan – Three new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) and four WPV1 positive environmental samples. Pakistan – No new case of wild poliovirus (WPV1) and seven WPV1 positive environmental samples. Papua New Guinea – three new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) and three cVDPV1 positive environmental samples. Democratic Republic of Congo – one new case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Nigeria- two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Somalia- four new cVDPV2 positive environmental samples. See country sections below for more details.
The Every Last Child project series was launched by UNICEF, which covers over 30 wide-ranging profiles of governments, front-line workers, and the stakeholders involved in the collective polio eradication efforts across Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Featured on polioeradication.org: Coffee with Polio Experts – Dr Arlene King, Chair of the RCC for the Americas, and GCC Containment Working Group talks to WHO about the importance of safe and secure containment of polioviruses, in places where needed, and the accompanying risk and responsibility that come with retaining the pathogen.