RSS Polio Eradication News

  • Protected: nOPV2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) April 2, 2020
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    Gladys Kibui
  • Meet the courageous women ending polio in Somalia April 2, 2020
    Noora Awakar Mohammad Noora Awakar Mohammad was only sixteen years old when she started working as a volunteer for the Polio Programme in Somalia. Since then, she has lived through civil war and armed conflict in her country, which have left the health infrastructure in tatters. Recalling the days of war, Noora’s face tenses. “During […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • GPEI statement on COVID-19 March 18, 2020
    The COVID -19 pandemic response requires worldwide solidarity and an urgent global effort. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with thousands of polio workers, and an extensive laboratory and surveillance network, has a moral imperative to ensure that these resources are used to support countries in their preparedness and response. In Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • “The first call” March 13, 2020
    This story is also available in other languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish Using the vast infrastructure developed to identify the poliovirus and deliver vaccination campaigns, the polio eradication programme is pitching in to protect the vulnerable from COVID-19, especially in polio-endemic countries. From Pakistan to Nigeria, the programme is drawing on years of experience […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Untitled March 9, 2020
    Gladys Kibui
  • Coffee with Polio Experts – Dr. Hamid Jafari, WHO March 9, 2020
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – January 2020 March 6, 2020
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    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Resilient women drive polio eradication in Pakistan March 5, 2020
    Thousands of women work in the Pakistan polio eradication programme as scientists of many specialties, managers, data experts, vaccinators, front-line team supervisors and social mobilizers. We asked a few of them about gender equality in their work. Dr. Maryam Mallick: The Medical Rehabilitation Specialist “Women face extra difficulties in trying to prove themselves and often […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Women Leaders in Polio Eradication: Dr Faten Kamel March 3, 2020
    Dr Faten Kamel is on a flying visit to the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Hub, stopping for meetings and to deliver a lecture on the relationship between polio and patients with primary immunodeficiencies. Then she’s off again – to Pakistan to take part in a polio programme management review. Dr. Faten has travelled to every […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – January 2020 February 27, 2020
    In January: No cases of wild poliovirus were reported 9.9 million children were vaccinated. Permanent transit teams vaccinated 1,743,299 children and cross-border teams vaccinated 117, 232 children
    Gladys Kibui
  • Polio eradication on UN Secretary-General’s agenda during Pakistan visit February 19, 2020
    The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) António Guterres yesterday visited a kindergarten school in Lahore during the first nationwide polio campaign of the year and vaccinated students with the polio vaccine. More than 39 million children across the country are set to be vaccinated during the February campaign. The UNSG commented on the polio […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • nOPV2 February 11, 2020
    To better address the evolving risk of type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2), GPEI partners are working to deploy an additional innovative tool – novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2). The vaccine is a modified version of the existing type 2 monovalent OPV (mOPV2), that clinical trials have shown provides comparable protection against poliovirus […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Executive Board endorse intensified polio eradication effort February 10, 2020
    7 February 2020 – Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Member States of the Executive Board expressed overwhelming support to the global effort to eradicate polio, in the face of an alarming polio epidemiology which emerged in 2019. Last year saw an upsurge of wild poliovirus cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and an unexpectedly large number of […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Burkina Faso February 6, 2020
    Burking Faso is affected by cVDPV2, linked to an outbreak originating in Jigawa, Nigeria. International Health Regulations Countries affected by poliovirus transmission are subject to International Health Regulations Temporary Recommendations issued by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Polio Eradication (issued as of December 2019).
    Gladys Kibui
  • Polio Gender Champions February 6, 2020
      The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) recognizes that both gender responsive programming and organizational change are key to gender mainstreaming. Polio eradication interventions cannot effectively reach every last child unless informed by sex-disaggregated data and gender-sensitive analysis. The Gender Champion for Polio Eradication is a concrete effort to build off of the current movement […]
    Gladys Kibui