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09 Nov 2018 description
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan – No new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) or WPV1 positive environmental samples. Pakistan – Two new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) and two WPV1 positive environmental samples. Papua New Guinea – no new cases reported this week. Democratic Republic of Congo – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Nigeria- four new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Somalia- no new cases reported this week. Niger- one new case of circulating vaccine-driven polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2).

02 Nov 2018 description

In August:

  • There was one new case of wild poliovirus (WPV1) reported.

  • 39.3 million children were vaccinated during September National Immunization Day (NID) campaign.

  • 1.7 million children were vaccinated in September 2018 at 382 Permanent Transit Points (PTPs) set up across the country and its borders.”

02 Nov 2018 description
  • 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.
29 Oct 2018 description

Religious clerics promote routine immunization and other health services by delivering messages to husbands, fathers and sons at mosques.

Malam Musa Abubakar was an ardent opponent of polio vaccination and other health services, not allowing his children to be immunized or his wives to receive antenatal care or other health services.

25 Oct 2018 description
  • World Polio Day activities are in full swing. Join partners around the world in raising awareness about the global effort to eradicate polio.
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan – one wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental sample; Pakistan – two WPV1 cases and four WPV1-positive environmental samples; and, Nigeria – one cVDPV2 case and three cVDPV2-positive environmental samples. See country-specific sections below for further details.
18 Oct 2018 description
  • World Polio Day is coming up on 24 October: join partners around the world in making this year’s World Polio Day a success.
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan – one wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case and five WPV1-positive environmental samples; Pakistan – two WPV1-positive environmental samples; Niger – three circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases; Somalia – one cVDPV type 3 case; and, Papua New Guinea – three cVDPV type 1 cases. See country-specific sections below for further details.
12 Oct 2018 description
  • Papua New Guinea’s National Department of Health, WHO, UNICEF and partners issue a ‘100 Days Report’: featuring the highlights of response operations so far, the report is dedicated to the thousands of front-line polio workers who brave difficult conditions and work long hours to protect children in Papua New Guinea from polio.

05 Oct 2018 description
  • Preparations for World Polio Day are in full swing: partners and stakeholders across the world are preparing for World Polio Day on 24 October, to raise awareness and resources for the global eradication effort. Join Rotarians around the world in making this year’s World Polio Day a huge success. Click here to view a video message by Rotary International President Barry Rassin, inviting everyone to join in World Polio Day activities.

05 Oct 2018 description

The First 100 Days of the Polio Outbreak Response in Papua New Guinea: A Summary

Papua New Guinea confirmed a polio outbreak on 22 June 2018 when a vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1), first detected in a 6-year old boy from Morobe Province, was also isolated in two healthy children from the same community, indicating that the virus was circulating.

On the same day, Papua New Guinea notified the World Health Organization as per required under the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005). A public announcement was made on 25 June 2018.

28 Sep 2018 description
  • Two cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) are reported from Niger, linked to an ongoing cVDPV2 outbreak in neighbouring Nigeria. See ‘Lake Chad Basin’ section below for more details.
    Featured on www.polioeradication.org: Coffee with Polio Experts – Head of WHO Chad Dr Jean-Bosco Ndihokubwayo speaks about the ongoing efforts to reach every child with polio vaccine across Chad.

24 Sep 2018 description

Meet a religious leader helping to end polio in Pakistan.

Pakistan polio eradication programme has achieved significant progress in recent years, thanks to renewed government commitment and revitalized community ownership. However, in cities like Karachi, poliovirus continues to be detected.

21 Sep 2018 description

In a rural village in Nigeria, a group of women knock on the door of new mother Hauwa Abubakar. She emerges from within, exhausted from the routine of feeding, sleeping, and caring for a little one. But she has extra reason than most to be tired.

A few months ago, she became mother to triplets, two baby girls and one baby boy.

The women visiting her are from her local community, but today they have come in their roles as polio vaccinators.

20 Sep 2018 description

In a complex environment, partners of the polio programme are working to vaccinate every child. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, emergency response has been ongoing since 2017 to overcome outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, caused by low rates of routine immunization. In the battle to close the outbreak, health workers, partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Governors of affected provinces, and the Ministry of Health are working together to vaccinate every child.

20 Sep 2018 description
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan – one new case of wild poliovirus (WPV1). Democratic Republic of Congo – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). See country sections below for more details.

  • Featured on www.polioeradication.org: Coffee with Polio Experts – Darcy Levison of WHO talks about the logistical challenges of reaching every child in the Lake Chad subregion.

06 Sep 2018 description
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Papua New Guinea – three new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1). No new cases of wild poliovirus. Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to detect WPV1 through environmental sampling, indicating sustained transmission. See country sections below for more details.

05 Sep 2018 description

Six polio cases confirmed since June 2018; risk of further spread within the country is high

26 AUGUST 2018, PORT MORESBY – Two new polio cases were reported today by the National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea from Madang and Eastern Highlands Province.

31 Aug 2018 description
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan – one new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case. Democratic Republic of the Congo ‒ Based on positive contacts, two negative AFP index cases classified as circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Nigeria – three new cases of cVDPV2. Papua New Guinea – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1). See country sections for more details.

30 Aug 2018 description

On Pakistan Independence Day, vaccinators break records for the number of children protected against polio.

Children clutch parents as the crowds gather. Overhead, clouds fill the sky, whilst below, noise rolls around the square where people stand. Shouts, music, and laughs all contribute to a growing sense of occasion.

30 Aug 2018 description

By Roland Sutter, Research, Policy and Containment Team, Polio Eradication Department, WHO

In April 2016, the polio programme embarked on a massive, coordinated effort to withdraw Sabin type-2 from routine use, through a synchronized switch from the trivalent formulation of the oral poliovirus vaccine (tOPV) to the bivalent form (bOPV). Over a two-week period, 155 countries and territories successfully made this change, marking the largest and fastest vaccine rollout in history.