Polio this week as of 13 March 2019

Report
from Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Published on 13 Mar 2019 View Original

Polio this week as of 13 March 2019

  • On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2019, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative featured stories of women on-ground working for polio eradication efforts. Read all the IWD news here.

  • Wild poliovirus continues to transmit in Afghanistan—one of the most challenging geographical and socio-political landscapes—but GPEI is working with the partners and the government to make concrete gains in eliminating the disease. More on the efforts here.

  • Real-time disease surveillance is the future of disease of surveillance, which is being rolled-out at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more.

  • Summary of new viruses this week: Pakistan – nine WPV1-positive environmental samples; Nigeria— one circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2)- positive community contact case and three cVDPV2-positive environmental samples. See country sections below for more details.