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  • G7 Health Ministers reaffirm commitment to achieving polio-free world June 10, 2021
    The health ministers of the G7 countries reaffirmed their commitment to polio eradication, at their annual meeting held in Oxford, UK and virtually, on 3-4 June 2021.  As part of their official communique, the health ministers affirmed:  “We need to continue supporting the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, whose surveillance capacity and ability to reach vulnerable […]
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  • Countries reaffirm commitment to ending polio at launch of new eradication strategy June 10, 2021
      GENEVA, 10 June 2021 – Today, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) will launch the Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026: Delivering on a Promise at a virtual event, to overcome the remaining challenges to ending polio, including setbacks caused by COVID-19. While polio cases have fallen 99.9% since 1988, polio remains a Public Health Emergency […]
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  • World Health Assembly commits to urgent action to seize polio-free world June 1, 2021
    Meeting virtually this week at the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA), global health leaders and ministers of health noted the new Global Polio Eradication Initiative Strategic Plan 2022-2026 and highlighted the importance of collective action to achieve success. Member States emphasised the urgency of implementation of the strategic plan and urged the WHO Secretariat and […]
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  • Fighting on two fronts: to eradicate polio and to defeat COVID-19 May 31, 2021
    In 1996, wild poliovirus was paralysing more than 75 000 children in the African Region every year, and Nelson Mandela and Rotary International issued a call to “Kick Polio Out of Africa!” The task was daunting. Polio staff had to deal with highly mobile populations, restricted access to children because of conflict and insecurity, fragile health […]
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  • Strategy Committee monthly updates May 28, 2021
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  • Pakistan polio snapshot – March 2021 May 25, 2021
    In March: No case of WPV1 was confirmed 37.7 children under the age of five were vaccinated during the March National Immunisation Days (NIDs)
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  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – March 2021 May 25, 2021
    In March: No case of WPV1 was confirmed 6,649,243 children were vaccinated against polio during the March National Immunisation Days (NIDs)
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  • PIM Guidance Web Annex A. May 14, 2021
    Country- and area-specific poliovirus data Web Annex A. Country- and area-specific poliovirus data will be updated periodically. The latest version of the document is posted below.
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  • GPEI statement on proposed UK aid cuts May 4, 2021
    The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is greatly concerned by the United Kingdom’s proposed cuts to contributions toward polio eradication in 2021. The proposed 95% reduction will result in an enormous setback to the eradication effort at a critical moment. The UK has a long legacy as a leader in global health and its leadership […]
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  • Women Leaders in Polio Eradication: Ellyn Ogden April 28, 2021
    On Ellyn Ogden’s desk sits a decades old coffee mug. It has a special significance for the woman who has led polio eradication for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) since 1997. On the mug, are ten women, the Ladies in Polio, who at the time were the only women participating in GPEI meetings, […]
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  • Following in the footsteps of Princess Grace: Monaco & the fight to eradicate polio April 23, 2021
    Even long before the GPEI was formed, Monaco played a leading role in early initiatives to develop a polio vaccine. In the 1950s, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace was an advocate for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in the United States of America, founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (himself a polio survivor). The […]
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  • Somalia: formal closure of the cVDPV3 outbreak April 14, 2021
    Dr Hamid Jafari, Director of Polio Eradication for WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, declared Somalia’s outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 3 (cVDPV3) closed a full 28 months after this strain of polio was last detected in Somalia. Seven children were paralysed by the type 3 strain in the 2018 outbreak, and sewage samples regularly monitored […]
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  • GPEI Strategy 2022-2026 April 1, 2021
      Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026: Delivering on a Promise 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 […]
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