RSS Polio Eradication News

  • From smallpox to polio, a life spent pursuing eradication December 12, 2018
      I have spent nearly my whole career working on eradication programmes – first smallpox, then polio. Eradication has been a rewarding career for me because I am so curious to know what is happening in the world. Every time I see a disease that we have worked so long to stop returning, I become […]
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Polio Champion Award presented to the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May December 11, 2018
    On 27 November, Barry Rassin, Rotary International President, presented the Polio Eradication Champion Award to UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, for her exemplary leadership role in driving the cause of eradicating polio. In 2017, the UK pledged US$ 130 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) for 2017-2019. So far, the country’s total financial […]
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Link December 10, 2018
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    Ling Cao
  • GPEI BUDGET 2019 December 7, 2018
    This interactive budget tool shows an overall summary of the 2019 GPEI budget, as well as detailed snapshots of the budget across different categories. The budget is prepared jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the national governments. A description of each objective and budget […]
    Ling Cao
  • To retain or not to retain… December 5, 2018
    Could you please provide some background on your labs and the polio-related work carried out there? SO: CDC’s polio and picornavirus lab is a global specialized laboratory in the WHO Global Polio Laboratory Network. It was set up in the mid-1950s and is US-government funded, with CDC being an agency under the Department of Health […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Africa’s drive to end polio under the microscope December 5, 2018
    Efforts to end polio across the WHO African Region came under the microscope at a meeting of the Africa Regional Commission for the Certification of poliomyelitis eradication (ARCC) held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12 – 16 November 2018. Seven countries (Cameroon, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, the Central African Republic, South Sudan Equatorial Guinea and South Africa) made […]
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Coffee with Polio Experts: Dr Mohammad Al Safadi, WHO HQ December 5, 2018
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Syria Polio outbreak stopped December 3, 2018
    In June 2017, some of the first circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2) cases were reported in Deir Ez-Zor governorate, in eastern Syria, confirming an outbreak of polio. Since then, 74 cases were reported, with the most recent case reported on 21 September 2017. Despite being a high-risk country with large scale population movements, inadequate health […]
    Natalya Olin
  • Pakistan polio update – October 2018 November 27, 2018
    In October: There were two new wild poliovirus cases reported. 1.6 million children were vaccinated in October 2018 at 402 Permanent Transit Points (PTPs). Up to 37 million children were vaccinated through a nationwide Measles Immunization Campaign from 15-27 October.  
    Natalya Olin
  • Polio surveillance in real time November 27, 2018
    What is polio surveillance? One of the most challenging aspects of polio eradication is timely disease surveillance: knowing where the poliovirus is lurking, so we can roll out targeted immunization activities quickly and effectively. With new tools, eradicators are getting the information they need in real time. For the past three decades, there have been […]
    Natalya Olin
  • Afghanistan redoubling efforts to eradicate polio once and for all November 23, 2018
    In November, polio vaccination teams across Afghanistan targeted 5.3 million children under the age of five in high-risk provinces. The vaccination campaign came on the heels of several newly reported cases.  Afghanistan has 19 documented cases of wild poliovirus in 2018, as of November. Confirmation of even one polio case anywhere signals remaining vaccination coverage […]
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Coffee with Polio Experts – Zubair Wadood, WHO November 21, 2018
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • How India Eradicated Polio November 19, 2018
    Eradicating polio in India was a feat of dedication, commitment and simply doubling down on immunization activities. Given India’s vast population, tropical climate in many parts of the country, and other environmental challenges, it would be easy to imagine that if polio couldn’t be stopped, India would be the place to fail. Simply put: it […]
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – September 2018 November 14, 2018
    In September 3 new wild poliovirus (WPV1) cases were reported in September 2018. In the September Sub-National Immunization Days, 5.6 million children under the age of five were targeted. 484 permanent transit points (PTPs) were operational across Afghanistan during September 2018. For full update please click on pdf below.
    Altanzul Sainjargal
  • This is Gafo November 5, 2018
    For six-year old Gafo that fateful April 2018 morning was supposed to be the start of just another day full of running around and playing with friends. Ignoring the pain in his legs, Gafo tried to get out of bed, but he fell and struggled to get back up. Over the course of the next […]
    Altanzul Sainjargal