Polio this week as of 13 December 2017
New on polioeradication.org: Technical advisory groups met last week to review progress made to eradicate polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and advise on the way forward to further improve the quality of programme implementation during the low transmission season.
In Pakistan, the polio eradication programme and the routine immunization programme are working hand in hand to increase vaccination coverage in urban areas.
Recommendations for further interventions in Pakistan and Afghanistan as progress towards polio eradication is put under the microscope.
Polio survivors in Burkina Faso are reaching their full potential thanks to Rotary support
Outside a sandy coloured building in a village in Burkina Faso, a young girl on crutches is making her way out onto the street. In front of her home is a new wheelchair – child-sized, brightly painted and specially adapted to the unpaved streets of her neighbourhood.
In Pakistan, the polio eradication programme and the routine immunization programme are working hand in hand to increase vaccination coverage in urban areas
Every last hiding place
At the beginning of 2017, progress continued towards each of the Endgame Plan’s four objectives. The world has never been closer to eradicating polio, with fewer cases in fewer areas of fewer countries than at any time in the past.
All hands on deck to stop polio in Syria amidst conflict
Amidst conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria, health workers are battling to end the current polio outbreak. Since the World Health Organization announced the outbreak on 8 June 2017, 70 cases have been confirmed, with 67 in Deir Ez-Zor governorate, two in Raqqa and one in Homs.
Different methods of community engagement help to protect every child with vaccines.
“I was told that if the child was vaccinated against polio, he could one day become a great footballer like Drogba and Yaya Toure…Today, they have not yet become like Drogba and Yaya, but they are in good health.” – Awa B., mother of five children, Côte d’Ivoire
In Afghanistan, blood tests are identifying where vaccination campaigns are working, and where gaps remain to be filled.
On World Children’s Day we look at how the polio eradication programme contributes to ensuring children receive vital vaccines against polio and other vaccine preventable diseases.
In Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, children displaced by ongoing conflict are being reached with essential immunization and health care services, thanks to a strong network of Volunteer Community Mobilisers established by the polio eradication programme.
Polio this week as of 15 November 2017
New on polioeradication.org: Polio infrastructure helping to stop malaria in Nigeria, and Innovations in reverse cold-chain building resilience for disease surveillance in Sudan.
Underlining their commitment to a polio-free world for all future generations, Italy has provided €4.5 million to deliver polio vaccines in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
With families on the move posing one of the biggest challenges to eradication in Pakistan, an innovative campaign is vaccinating children on trains.
Dressed in a blue uniform, carrying a vaccine carrier on his shoulder, Imran Khan is a polio vaccinator working at Karachi Cantonment Railway station. “I make sure no child under five travelling by train is missed during the immunization campaign,” he says. Apart from vaccinating children, Imran also sensitizes their parents on the importance of vaccination and threats posed by the crippling disease.
A new approach is helping to improve Sudan’s ability to identify the poliovirus and remain polio-free, despite challenges
It starts with a sick child, whose arms or legs have suddenly become weak and floppy. A trip to the local health centre, which could be many miles away, confirms that the child is showing classic signs of acute flaccid paralysis. This is one of the key indicators for poliovirus and kick starts the polio surveillance system into action.
Italy’s contribution supports efforts to vaccinate every last child against polio in the only two countries reporting cases of the disease in 2017.
taly has provided EURO 4.5 million to support efforts to reach and vaccinate all children under five years of age in Pakistan and Afghanistan – the only two countries worldwide that have reported polio cases this year.
Polio this week as of 8 November 2017
High level support from Ministers of Health is critical to ensure polio eradication success.
Community health workers responding to humanitarian crisis in Nigeria are helping to stop polio and malaria hand in hand.
Abdullah Khalid is one of the hardworking vaccinators making sure that even children on the move are protected against polio.
The poliovirus knows no borders, making children on both sides of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan vulnerable to contracting the debilitating disease. This is why, placed strategically along the border, 19 WHO-supported vaccination posts reach children on the move as they cross between countries, ensuring that all children under the age of 10 receive two drops of the oral polio vaccine to protect them from polio.
Michel Zaffran, Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization, spoke to Gavi about the difficulties in vaccinating every child and what the success of the polio eradication programme means for our work to tackle other diseases.
Read the original interview here.
For World Polio Day on 24 October, the world celebrated the unsung heroes of the eradication effort. How important have volunteers been in eradicating polio so far?
A youth circus group is encouraging vaccination and providing education in an innovative and engaging way
“I am the king of this village! Every child belongs to me and I will spread my poison to a new person every day,” screams the snake, bursting onto the stage.
In the audience, children gasp and jump backwards, their eyes wide.
Hamid, clutching his precious box of vaccines, attacks the snake, managing to defeat him. The crowd cheers.