New on polioeradication.org: Expanding Social Mobilization Approaches To Protect Every Last Child.
In polio-endemic countries, frontline workers are utilizing every opportunity to ensure no child is left behind
Weekly country updates as of 20 September 2017
No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains six. The most recent case in the country had onset of paralysis on 10 July, from Zabul province, neighbouring Kandahar province and Pakistan.
With the global polio case count at the lowest in history, there has never been a better time to invest in surveillance for poliovirus.
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.
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.
Despite challenges, polio vaccination campaigns have been carried out in Syria in response to an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus
Three mass immunization rounds have been carried out in Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa governorates, Syria, in response to an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type-2 (cVDPV2). The latest round, targeting resident, refugee and internally displaced children less than five years in Deir Ez-Zor concluded 28 August.
Polio this week as of 6 September 2017
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.
Armed with maps and motorbikes, religious leaders cover great ground in support of polio vaccination
Each afternoon of a polio campaign in Kandahar, after the day’s door-to-door rounds have been completed, the vaccination teams congregate at health facilities. Most go right inside to drink tea, refrigerate their remaining stocks of vaccine and brainstorm operations for the next day. But a few, those who knocked on the doors of homes only to be abruptly shooed away, stop to speak with two profoundly bearded, energetic middle-aged men.
Mountains, floods, deserts, long distances can all make it harder to reach every last child with vaccine
Before a vaccination campaign begins, health workers must piece together a huge amount of information to every last child is reached with the polio vacine
This little girl is Kapia. She lives in a small village, surrounded by jungle, in a remote part of the countryside. There are no medical doctors in her village. The nearest clinic is hundreds of kilometres away. And she has just received two drops of polio vaccine, protecting her from the potentially paralytic disease.
Karachi’s Khalida - forging a path to trust in vaccines
Fifty-seven year-old Khalida, a striking figure on her four-wheeler motorbike, is a supervisor of one of the female vaccinators’ teams in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city.
New funding from the UK for polio eradication will immunize up to 45 million children a year against polio.
The United Kingdom is helping make history by eradicating a human disease for just the second time ever, after smallpox. On August 4, Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel announced £100 million in new funding to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which will help to give the world’s children protection against this crippling disease.
The first report of the Transition Independent Monitoring Board (TIMB) has now been published, following the group’s first meeting last month. The TIMB has been established at the request of the Polio Oversight Board (POB) to independently monitor and guide the polio transition process, especially in the 16 countries prioritized for transition planning. The group’s next meeting will be held in London,
United Kingdom, on 2-3 November. More.
Polio this week as of 19 July 2017
With five national campaigns since October 2016, Pakistan is well positioned to face the challenges ahead.
At the end of May 2017, more than 38 million children under the age of 5 were vaccinated against polio in Pakistan. During the campaign, over 250,000 trained polio workers went from house to house across the length and breadth of the country to vaccinate children against the crippling disease.
Polio this week as of 12 July 2017
At the G20 Head of State Summit in Hamburg, Germany, last weekend, leaders acknowledged the efforts to eradicate and committed to completing the job of polio eradication. More.
Journal of Infectious Diseases publishes supplement of articles on polio endgame and legacy implementation lessons learned and best practices. More.