RSS Polio Eradication News

  • Mitigating the threat of poliovirus importation to Sudan January 13, 2020
    Sudan borders a number of countries facing outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, including Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) to the west, and Ethiopia and Somalia to the east. Population movements between these countries increase the risk of importation of polio to Sudan. The World Health Organization and national health authorities in Sudan are […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • 1 camp down, 3450 to go: Reaching nomadic settlements in the Lake Chad Basin January 9, 2020
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – October 2019 January 7, 2020
    In October 190,909 million children were vaccinated during the October Case Response Campaigns. 2.2 million children were vaccinated at 377 Permanent Transit Points.
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – November 2019 January 7, 2020
    In November: Two cases of wild poliovirus were reported 5.6 million children were vaccinated. Permanent transit teams vaccinated 1,723,859 children and cross-border teams vaccinated 163 775 children
    Gladys Kibui
  • Three African countries halt polio outbreaks December 21, 2019
    Brazzaville, 19 December 2019 – Kenya, Mozambique and Niger have curbed polio outbreaks that erupted in different episodes over the past 24 months, allowing them to regain their polio-free status, World Health Organization (WHO) announced. Transmission of vaccine-derived poliovirus was detected in the three countries in 2018, affecting 12 children. No other cases have since […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Caught between a rock and a hard place: cVDPV2 and the vaccine available to stop it December 19, 2019
    Q: Outbreaks of circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) are popping up in a lot of countries. How do you explain this? Did the programme know this would happen after the oral polio vaccine ‘switch’?  There have been 47 cVDPV2 outbreaks in 20 countries since the switch in April 2016. Some of these outbreaks are […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Meet ten exceptional individuals who inspired us in the 2010s December 18, 2019
    Gladys Kibui
  • Applying a gender lens to Nigeria’s surveillance network December 15, 2019
    In Jere Local Government Area, in Borno State, Nigeria, a team of male surveillance officers have been dispatched to look for the poliovirus. They make a first stop at the home of Hajiya Liman Bello, a mother of three and a housewife. “Who are all of you and what do you want?” Hajiya asks. “We […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Malaysia December 12, 2019
    International Health Regulations Malaysia is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with cVDPV1 with potential risk of international spread. It is therefore subject to temporary recommendations as of December 2019. WHO advice It is important that all countries, in particular those with frequent travel and contacts with polio-affected countries and areas, […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • The ‘plus’ in Rotary PolioPlus: Creating Jobs December 11, 2019
    Reposted with permission from Rotary.org. When we talk about PolioPlus, we know we are eradicating polio, but do we realize how many added benefits the programme brings? The ‘plus’ is something else that is provided as a part of the polio eradication campaign. It might be a hand-operated tricycle or access to water. It might be […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • WHO announces the inaugural “The Health for All Film Festival” December 4, 2019
    Reposted with permission from who.int Film has the unique ability to make us feel. To make us laugh, cry and think. Through the creation of compelling human-interest stories, filmmakers have the potential to influence health and catalyze change. Films are a powerful way to raise awareness, improve understanding and encourage action. That’s why in May […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – September 2019 December 3, 2019
    In September 97,081 million children were vaccinated during the August Case Response Campaigns. 1.7 million children were vaccinated at 377 Permanent Transit Points.
    Gladys Kibui
  • Fighting polio, one SMS at a time! December 2, 2019
    Health workers and community volunteers in remote and security-compromised areas across ten African countries now rely on an SMS-based application to ferret out any possible poliovirus hiding in their midst. The application is called AVADAR, short for “auto-visual AFP detection and reporting”, with AFP referring to acute flaccid paralysis, which is the main visible clinical […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • “Rotarians never leave the job incomplete.” November 25, 2019
    “Tears were rolling down her cheeks. She was a true embodiment of pain and fatigue. She had huddled to her chest an eleven-year-old boy whose thin legs were hanging down, hampering her while she walked. I was stunned by the scene and stopped. I was curious to ask the woman what had happened to the […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – October 2019 November 19, 2019
    In October: Four cases of wild poliovirus were reported 5.41 million children were vaccinated. Permanent transit teams vaccinated 1 832 016 children and cross-border teams vaccinated 162 872 children
    Gladys Kibui