RSS Polio Eradication News

  • Life in the driver’s seat: February 19, 2019
    Pakistan’s polio programme relies on the efforts of thousands of specialized workers, but there is one group almost everyone relies on: the drivers. In the endgame of eradication, reaching zero transmission requires a vast network of expertise— from epidemiologists to community advocates to data managers and health workers. But without drivers, many of these people would not be able to do their work.  Polio eradication entails wide-ranging nationwide vaccination campaigns. […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan Polio Snapshot – January 2019 February 19, 2019
    In January 1 case of wild poliovirus was reported in January 2019. 5.6 million children under the age of five were targeted during the January Supplementary Immunization Activities (SNIDs). 524 Permanent Transit Teams (PTTs) were operational across Afghanistan in January 2019.
    Gladys Kibui
  • Keep the poliovirus contained after eradication February 18, 2019
    As part of its work to keep the world safe from poliovirus, WHO is seeking input on draft guidance for managing human exposure to live polioviruses from poliovirus-essential facilities such as labs and vaccine plants. Countries where polioviruses are kept require this guidance. The guidance document is open for public comment and WHO is particularly […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Nowhere to hide February 18, 2019
    From the gold standard of detecting and investigating cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) to testing environmental samples from sewage collection sites, timelyand sensitive surveillance is key to locating and eradicating polio. And in the endgame to finish the job, closing all remaining gaps in detection and investigation capacity is critical. Global Polio Eradication Initiative […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Indonesia February 15, 2019
    Circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed in Indonesia.  The detection of cVDPV1 underscores the importance of maintaining high routine vaccination coverage everywhere to minimize the risk and consequences of any poliovirus circulation as well as the need to ensure quality surveillance for early detection of any polioviruses. These events also underscore the risk […]
    Gladys Kibui
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    Gladys Kibui
  • Public health leadership steps up support for polio eradication efforts February 6, 2019
    WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus opened the Organization’s Executive Board (EB) on 24 January with a report from his first visit of the year, to the polio endemic countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan: “This year I have taken over as chair of the Polio Oversight Board. That’s why my first trip of the new […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio update – December 2018 January 31, 2019
    In December 4 new cases of wild poliovirus cases were reported. 1.6  million children were vaccinated in December 2018 at 381 Permanent Transit Points (PTPs) set up across the country. 39.8 million children were vaccinated during December National Immunization Campaign (NIDs) from 10-13 December.
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan Polio Snapshot – December 2018 January 30, 2019
    In December 0 cases of wild poliovirus were reported. 3.2 million children under the age of five were targeted during the December Supplementary Immunization Activities (SNIDs). 429 Permanent Transit Teams (PTTs) were operational across Afghanistan in December 2018.
    Gladys Kibui
  • 2018 in review January 29, 2019
    The Endgame Plan through 2018 brought the world another year closer to being polio-free. While we had hoped to be finished by now, 2018 set the tone for the new strategic plan, building on the lessons learned and mapping out a certification strategy by 2023. 2018 was also marked by expanded efforts to reach children […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Polio outbreak confirmed in Mozambique January 24, 2019
    A new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak has been confirmed in Mozambique. Two genetically-linked circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) isolates were detected from an acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case (with an onset of paralysis on 21 October 2018, in a six-year old girl with no history of vaccination, from Molumbo district, Zambézia […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio update – November 2018 January 23, 2019
      In November: There were no wild poliovirus cases reported. 1.6 million children were vaccinated in October 2018 at 390 Permanent Transit Points (PTPs). 21.9 million children were vaccinated in 94 districts of the country during November SNID campaign from 12-15 November.
    Gladys Kibui
  • “To succeed by 2023”- extraordinary joint statement to Polio Eradicators January 23, 2019
    In an extraordinary joint statement by the Chairs of the main independent, advisory and oversight committees of the GPEI, the Chairs urge everyone involved in polio eradication to ensure polio will finally be assigned to the history books by 2023. The authors are the chairs of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE), […]
    Katerina ALVES
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    Gladys Kibui
  • Mozambique January 11, 2019
    Circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in Mozambique. The detection of cVDPV2 underscores the importance of maintaining high routine vaccination coverage everywhere to minimize the risk and consequences of any poliovirus circulation. A robust outbreak response is needed to rapidly stop circulation and ensure sufficient vaccination coverage in the affected areas […]
    Gladys Kibui