RSS Polio Eradication News

  • On the streets with Somalia’s poliovirus detectives September 12, 2019
    Environmental surveillance teams in Mogadishu access the underground closed drainage system to collect sewage waste water samples, which they package and send to the laboratory for testing. If poliovirus is identified in a sample, epidemiologists know that the disease is likely to be circulating amongst the community whose sewage drains into that part of the […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Polio eradication in Afghanistan: how women help September 11, 2019
    At the undergird of the polio programme in Afghanistan are women — polio officers, health workers, frontline workers, mothers, sisters, daughters, and grandmothers— some are anonymous, and some are on the frontlines. But what he polio programme is driven by women on a mission. The milestones achieved in the global fight against polio eradication are […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Why invest in polio eradication? September 10, 2019
    On 9 September 2019, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners and the United Arab Emirates co-hosted an informal reception as a pre-event ahead of the Polio Pledging Moment in the United Arab Emirates’-hosted Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Abu Dhabi, in November 2019. The GPEI also presented the 2019-2023 GPEI Investment Case. The […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • How did Nigeria get here? September 3, 2019
    Since its inception in 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is driven by a singular purpose: defeat the poliovirus and secure the world from this disease. While there may be no cure from polio, it is preventable and eradicable. Thanks to global immunizations efforts of national health authorities backed by international partners – WHO, […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – July 2019 August 27, 2019
    In July  The Extension of the National Emergency Action Plan 2018-2019 was finalized in July. 3.25 million children were vaccinated during the July Case Response Campaigns. 1.8 million children were vaccinated at 387 Permanent Transit Points.
    Gladys Kibui
  • Turning the tide August 26, 2019
    In Union Council Kechi Baig, Quetta district, Balochistan province of Pakistan, Asma needs no introduction. When she talks, people listen. First, when she was one of the few female religious scholars at her local madrassa (school), and of late, as a champion for the polio programme. For Asma, the segue into community health sensitization was […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Nigeria three years free from wild poliovirus August 23, 2019
      21 August  2019 marks three years since Nigeria last reported a case of wild poliovirus. This is an important public health milestone for the country and the entire Africa Region, which is now a step now closer to polio-free certification. At the press conference in Abuja, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – July 2019 August 20, 2019
    In July: 2 cases of wild poliovirus were reported. 2.1 million individuals were vaccinated. Permanent Transit Teams (PTTs) vaccinated 1 994 815 children, and cross-border teams vaccinated 147 622 children against polio.
    Gladys Kibui
  • 5 reasons why polio can be eradicated August 19, 2019
    Reposted with permission from Rotary International Five core partners— Rotary International, World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation— 20 million volunteers, over 2.5 billion children vaccinated, and an initiative spanning over 30 years across 200 […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Benin August 15, 2019
    One cVDPV2 case was reported in the past week in Benin in Kalalé district, Borgou State, with onset of paralysis on 7 July 2019outbreak in Nigeria. This is the first ever cVDPV case reported in Benin. The risk of further cVDPV2 spread across West Africa remains high. Across the GPEI partnership, the outbreak preparedness and […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – June 2019 August 14, 2019
    In June: Pakistan Polio Eradication Initiative finalized the extension of the National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication (NEAP 2019-2019). 11.78 million children were vaccinated during the June Sub-National Immunization Days Campaign (SNID). 1.6 million children were vaccinated at 454 Permanent Transit Points.
    Gladys Kibui
  • When could the Eastern Mediterranean Region be free of wild poliovirus? August 14, 2019
    On the long road to global polio eradication, the programme has achieved four important milestones, representing four out of six WHO regions that have been certified as having interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus (WPVs):  Region of the Americas (1994), the Western Pacific Region (2000), the European Region (2002), and the South-East Asia Region (2014). At […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Ghana August 12, 2019
    Circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in Ghana, related to a cVDPV2 affecting Jigawa, Nigeria. Across the GPEI partnership, the outbreak preparedness and response task team (OPRTT) is working with our regional and country colleagues in supporting local public health authorities in carrying out a full field investigation and determining if […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Coffee with Polio Experts: Mr. Y. Yehualashet, Programme Manager, WHO/Nigeria July 29, 2019
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – May 2019 July 19, 2019
    In May  9 new cases of wild poliovirus cases were reported in May 2019. 1.07 million children were vaccinated during the May Case Response Campaigns. 1.4 million children were vaccinated at 408 Permanent Transit Points.
    Altanzul Sainjargal