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  • What it takes to vaccinate 39 million children in Pakistan January 14, 2021
    With masks on their faces and sanitizers in their pockets, an immunization team makes their way through the narrow lanes of Lahore’s historic old city. “Our children are like flowers and these anti-polio drives help them grow up healthy and strong,” says Zubair, who along with his colleague Afzal is part of Pakistan’s 260,000-strong frontline […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • New GPEI Director Aidan O’Leary takes helm of global polio effort January 12, 2021
    O’Leary took over as Director for Polio Eradication at WHO on 1 January 2021, from Michel Zaffran, who will enter a well-deserved retirement end-February. O’Leary brings with him a vast array of experience in both polio eradication and emergencies, including through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). PN:  Aidan, Michel, […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • In the final statement of 2020, the POB looks ahead at the next chapter January 7, 2021
    In a newly-released statement following the final meeting of the Polio Oversight Board (POB) that was held virtually on 18 December 2020, the POB looks back at the support that the programme provided to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, while remaining  strongly devoted to the goal of a polio-free world. The POB reaffirms its commitment […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Sierra Leone January 7, 2021
    International Health Regulations Burkina Faso is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with cVDPV2, with potential risk of international spread.  It is therefore subject to Temporary Recommendations issued by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Polio Eradication (issued as of October 2020).
    Gladys Kibui
  • GACVS sub-committee on novel OPV2 safety January 5, 2021
    Terms of Reference On  Friday 13th November, 2020, the type 2 novel oral polio vaccine (nOPV2) became the first vaccine authorized by WHO for use under Emergency Use Listing (EUL)[i]. This will allow its rollout for limited initial use in countries affected by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreaks. The role of nOPV2 is […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Trekking through the snow to deliver vaccines December 23, 2020
    On a wintery November day, vaccinators across Afghanistan wrapped up warm, checked that they had facemasks and hand sanitizer, and headed out into the cold morning. Their mission? To reach 9.9 million children with polio vaccines, before snowfall blocked their way. From valleys to muddy lanes, we look at some of the environments where vaccinators […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Global cVDPV resource documents December 21, 2020
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  • Women Leaders in Polio Eradication: Jawahir Habib December 18, 2020
    In 2018, Jawahir Habib, a Programme Officer in UNICEF’s Polio Outbreak Team based in Geneva, received a letter. It was from a Pakistani woman she had met while working in the Quetta block – one of the most high-risk polio areas of Pakistan. The letter read: “I have four daughters, and my daughters are in […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • UK steps up for polio eradication during COVID-19 pandemic December 17, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the need for strong health systems and global health security into sharp focus. Last week, the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) agreed a £30 million increase in the first payment to the World Health Organization of their 2019 – 2023 pledge, meaning that the total amount released […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Aidan O’Leary new Director for Polio at WHO December 15, 2020
    Mr Aidan O’Leary has been officially appointed as the new Director for Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization, with effect from 1 January 2021.  O’Leary is taking over from Michel Zaffran, who will enter retirement end-February. O’Leary brings with him a wealth of emergencies and public health experience.  Originally from Ireland, he is currently […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – September 2020 December 14, 2020
    In September 32.1 million children were vaccinated during the SNID campaign. 24,747 children were vaccinated at Permanent Transit Points. Download
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – October 2020 December 14, 2020
    In October: 2 cases of Wild Polio Virus (WPV1) were confirmed Cross-borderteams and permanent transit teams (PTTs) vaccinated 78,286 and 520,208 children respectively Download
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  • 40 million children in Africa Region vaccinated against polio following re-start of campaigns December 2, 2020
    N’Djamena – One of the largest polio immunization campaigns in the African Region this year has just concluded in Chad, where over 3.3 million children in 91 districts were vaccinated. This pushes the total number of children vaccinated against polio to over forty million across 16 countries in the Region, since campaigns resumed following a […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Rallying to vaccinate every child in Somalia against polio November 25, 2020
    Fahima Ahmed Hassan is a 25-year-old community mobilizer who goes the extra mile to ensure parents of children under the age of five are informed of Somalia’s polio vaccination campaigns and are ready for their children to be vaccinated. Fahima and the other mobilisers are from the local community and they lay the groundwork for […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Even the smallest question should be answered November 17, 2020
    Ms. Rina Dey has spent over 25 years working in health and development, including front-line efforts to eradicate polio in India and globally. “Unless we work at the community level, we’re not getting the full story. Ensuring community participation is the only way to achieve social transformation and to ensure that all children get immunized,” […]
    Gladys Kibui