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  • Pakistan polio snapshot – March 2020 May 27, 2020
    In March 17.2 million children were vaccinated during the SNID campaign. 0.9 million children were vaccinated at 371 Permanent Transit Points. Download
    Gladys Kibui
  • Stronger role of women at all levels crucial to end polio for good May 27, 2020
    In 2003, Melissa Corkum received a call that would change her life. The World Health Organization wanted to interview her for a position in their polio eradication team. Like most people who are hearing about polio eradication for the first time, the story compelled her, and she packed her bags to embark on a new […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Somalia’s polio teams help combat COVID-19 May 26, 2020
    “The road to the mountain village was rough. It’s only 50 kilometres, but it took more than 3 hours,” says Dr Fatima Ismail, a disease surveillance officer working in Somaliland. “We were bouncing in the car.” In early 2020, Dr Fatima’s team headed to a remote village near Djibouti to check on a small boy. […]
    Gladys Kibui
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  • Donors pledge to strengthen immunization and accelerate fight against COVID-19 May 18, 2020
    This month, world leaders have joined together to make several important commitments to strengthening public health infrastructure during the COVID-19 response – investments that will go a long way in protecting the most vulnerable communities, including those affected by polio. On 4 May 2020, heads of government, institutions and industry pledged USD $7.4 billion (of […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • TIMB Members May 18, 2020
    The previous TIMB monitored the situation over a period of three years (November 2016 – December 2019), in the light of progress towards polio eradication. Its role was to independently assess the GPEI’s policy and plans to transition and sustain those polio assets and resources that have played a major dual role in underpinning wider […]
    Gladys Kibui
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  • Canada Announces New Commitments to GPEI Endgame Strategy May 14, 2020
    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more critical than ever to recognize the power and importance of vaccines, which save millions of lives each year. Canada, the first government to contribute to the global effort to eradicate polio in 1986, has announced new investments to support immunization. Alongside renewed funding for Gavi, […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • 2020 outbreak budget monitoring May 12, 2020
    This interactive budget tool shows the allocation of the GPEI outbreak budget envelope in 2020 by implementing agency and by budget center. This budget is part of the global GPEI 2020 budget. 
    Gladys Kibui
  • Not Without a Trace May 7, 2020
    Dedicated to all polio survivors! You were young? An infant perhaps, or even an adult; weak and torn from life with a limbless feeling. Stretched out, almost motionless and helpless, you were lying in a hospital bed without even a pillow, isolated from the outside world. A period of lonely days, weeks, and frightening nights; […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • On World Immunization Week, the GPEI thanks partners and donors for their continued support April 30, 2020
    This week, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) celebrates World Immunization Week (WIW) alongside partners around the world who have worked tirelessly to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Every year, the GPEI vaccinates more than 450 million children against polio in almost 50 countries. These efforts would not be possible without the dedication of vaccine […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Polio workers distribute soap and information in fight against COVID-19 April 29, 2020
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the polio programme has diverted thousands of personnel to fight the virus. Repurposing extensive experience eradicating polio, the programme is supporting country response in areas including information dissemination, disease surveillance, risk communications and data management. In Kandahar, a ‘poliovirus epicenter’ where the programme has significant personnel, community social mobilizers […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Polio has forever changed the lives of Ihsanullah, Safia and Masood April 29, 2020
    It was a somber day when Ihsanullah was told that two of his youngest children will never be able to walk again. His two year old daughter Safia, and Masood, his five month old son, were both diagnosed with polio. When they began running a high fever in December, Ihsanullah rushed them to the nearest […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Supporting COVID-19 Response: Call 1166 in Pakistan April 23, 2020
    “How can I help you?” Pause. “Have you travelled out of the country recently?” Pause. “Please stay on the line. I am connecting you to a doctor,” says a young woman reassuringly to someone at the other end of the line. The call operator works at the ‘Sehat Tahaffuz 1166’ COVID-19 Helpline Centre at the […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – March 2020 April 21, 2020
    In March 1 cases of wild poliovirus were reported 0.32 million children were vaccinated. Permanent transit teams vaccinated 2,000,000 children and cross-border teams vaccinated 45, 019 children Related resources
    Gladys Kibui