More than 6 months has passed since a case of wild poliovirus was reported in Syria or Iraq. This is testimony to the dedication of local health workers and the significant efforts of many partners to reach all children with supplementary immunization activities. Over 22 million children have been vaccinated against polio multiple times in the past year, in the midst of active conflict and a humanitarian crisis.
National Immunization Days (NIDs) conducted in Pakistan last week reached 34.2 million children across the country, or 95% of all children under the age of five. As case numbers climb steadily during the current ‘high season’ for polio transmission, the success of such campaigns and smaller-scale activities is critical to making the most of the upcoming ‘low season’ for polio transmission in Pakistan.
A 6-month Emergency Action Plan has been developed in Somalia following the Outbreak Response Assessment that took place in September. The plan outlines strategies to reach children living in nomadic pastoral communities where population-wide immunity is low.