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  • GPEI Strategy 2022-2026 April 1, 2021
      In 2020, the GPEI  launched a revision of the strategy for polio eradication. Partners and stakeholders collectively identified remaining obstacles to polio eradication, in order to inform a revised and strengthened plan. They then developed optimal approaches to reaching the goal, adapted to the global health context and based on lessons learned. The strengthened […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Senegal April 1, 2021
    Senegal is affected by cVDPV2, linked to an outbreak originating in Nigeria. GPEI partners, including through our regional and country offices, are continuing to assist Egyptian health authorities in conducting a complete investigation, including to ascertain more clearly the origin/source of the isolated virus, and assess potential risk of spread within the country as well as […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Living with Polio in Pakistan April 1, 2021
    In his English writing class, Mujahid Miran was asked to write an essay titled the “Aim of life”. This was a space for the students to imagine who they could be and what they saw themselves as when they grew up. Miran wanted to be a captain in the army and he eagerly shared this […]
    Gladys Kibui
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  • GPEI Budget 2021 March 30, 2021
    This financial information reflects official figures from the 2021 GPEI budget, as approved by the GPEI Polio Oversight Board on 18 December 2020. *To properly view the figures, please use the “full-screen” feature at the bottom right of the table.
    Gladys Kibui
  • Egypt and UAE co-chair new EMRO ministerial subcommittee on polio March 23, 2021
    The new Regional Subcommittee brings together ministers of health from Member States across the Eastern Mediterranean Region to tackle some of the persistent high-level challenges to polio eradication. Those include raising the visibility of polio eradication as a regional public health emergency and priority and mustering the political support and domestic financial support needed to […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • “All the work I do with communities on polio I do for my daughter” March 18, 2021
    The yellow taxi drives slowly on an unpaved road in one of Kandahar city’s districts. It has rained heavily turning the detritus on the ground into a muddy quagmire. The car labours in its efforts not to get stuck. Stopping near a house, a young woman in a black scarf and traditional dress climbs out […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – January 2021 March 16, 2021
    In January 39.6 million children were vaccinated during the NIDs campaign. 1.1 M children were vaccinated at Permanent Transit Points. Download
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  • Countries gear up to kick all forms of polio out of Africa, once and for all March 13, 2021
    13 March 2021, Brazzaville – To rapidly and sustainably stop outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in African countries, a modified vaccine, known as novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) is now being rolled out. Last year, on 25 August 2020, Africa made history with the African Region Certification Commission for Polio […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • The future of public health depends on women. March 7, 2021
    Therese and Léonie reminded me of this hard truth in a recent visit to a hospital in N’Djaména, Chad. One is a newborn girl and the other is a veteran of the campaign to eradicate a human disease for only the second time in history –polio-. As a Gender Champion for Polio Eradication, I have […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Women Leaders in Polio Eradication: Heather Monnet March 5, 2021
    Throughout her career as a Resource Mobilization Officer for WHO’s polio eradication programme, Heather Monnet has held onto her vision of a polio-free world. A respected communicator with a deep understanding of the polio programme, she was one of the first in the programme to realize that considering gender is crucial to defeat the poliovirus. […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Egypt February 24, 2021
    Egypt is affected by cVDPV2, linked to an outbreak originating in Sudan. GPEI partners, including through our regional and country offices, are continuing to assist Egyptian health authorities in conducting a complete investigation, including to ascertain more clearly the origin/source of the isolated virus, and assess potential risk of spread within the country as well as […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Standing on the shoulders of pioneers February 24, 2021
    Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1951,  at the age of 31. Doctors in Baltimore, USA took a small sample of her tissue during the treatment to remove her tumour, without her knowledge – a not uncommon way to treat minorities at that time. Up to that point, attempts to grow human cells […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • In Covid-19 world, Rotary President Knaack takes stock of global polio situation February 23, 2021
    PN:  President Knaack, thank you for taking the time to speak to us.  A little more than a year into the global COVID-19 pandemic, what is your take on the current situation, also with a view of the global effort to eradicate polio? HK:  There are many interesting lessons we learned over the past 12 […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Women Leaders in Polio Eradication: Dr. Folake Olayinka February 18, 2021
    Dr. Folake Olayinka has spent over 20 years working in public health, including at the frontline of efforts to eradicate polio and strengthen immunization. “At local levels, where the rubber meets the road, we need to make things work. Frontline health workers should be supported with tools that meet their needs, and training that truly […]
    Gladys Kibui