RSS Polio Eradication News

  • A Day in the Life of a Polio Surveillance Officer September 19, 2018
    Dr Nosheen Safdar works as a Divisional Polio Surveillance Officer in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. A medical doctor, Dr Safdar has worked with the polio eradication programme for the past eight years. Surveillance officers like Dr Safdar work with one aim: to detect and stop polioviruses from circulating before they have a chance to paralyze a […]
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Coffee with Polio Experts: Darcy Levison, WHO September 18, 2018
    Natalya Olin
  • Untitled September 13, 2018
    Mark Wagner
  • GPEI Lessons Learned Project September 13, 2018
    The Johns Hopkins University is leading a project to document lessons learned from GPEI, and translating those lessons to improve delivery of other lifesaving health programmes and strengthening health systems globally. As an initial step in the project, a global survey is underway to map tacit knowledge of GPEI actors about implementation challenges (and the […]
    Mark Wagner
  • Coffee with Polio Experts: Anand Balachandran, WHO September 12, 2018
    Natalya Olin
  • A career spent chasing down polio August 31, 2018
    After more than 25 years on the hunt for polio, it’s easier to list the things the World Health Organization’s Chris Maher hasn’t seen than the things he has. He began his career with WHO five years after the global health community vowed to eradicate polio, which was then found in over a hundred countries. […]
    Natalya Olin
  • Pakistan: vaccinating the nation on Independence Day August 30, 2018
      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. The excitement lies at the heart of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest metropolis. Mazar-e-Quaid, the mausoleum of Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali […]
    Natalya Olin
  • Remembering Kofi Annan August 30, 2018
      The passing of former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan earlier this month was a significant loss to the world of international diplomacy, peace, and efforts to deliver a more equitable life to millions worldwide. Charismatic, strongly opinionated, and perpetually kind, Annan captured the imagination of thousands working in international affairs across the […]
    Natalya Olin
  • Study shows “the switch” was a success, but challenges remain to stop VDPVs August 30, 2018
    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 […]
    Mark Wagner
  • Meet a father championing for his children’s vaccinations August 29, 2018
    “Please wait, I’ll soon be with you,” says Nasiru, the father of six children, as he disappears into his house in Gagi Makurdi settlement in Nigeria’s northwestern State of Sokoto. Within minutes, Nasiru reappears, proudly displaying immunization cards with the record of the vaccines given to his youngest three children. It is unusual for fathers […]
    Natalya Olin
  • Protecting against polio in Lake Chad August 27, 2018
    Natalya Olin
  • Pakistan polio update – July 2018 August 21, 2018
      In July: There were no new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) reported. 10.5 million children were vaccinated against poliovirus during case response campaigns by more than 73 000 dedicated frontline workers. Teams at transit points and borders successfully vaccinated 1.7 million children.  
    Natalya Olin
  • Mobilizing against polio in Papua New Guinea August 16, 2018
    Reposted with permission from gavi.org.
    Mark Wagner
  • Gender Technical Brief August 15, 2018
    Mark Wagner
  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – June 2018 August 8, 2018
    In June: There was one new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1). 100 000 children were vaccinated during special campaigns. Permanent transit teams and cross-border vaccination teams successfully vaccinated 1.2 million children against polio. For full update please click on pdf below.
    Natalya Olin