RSS Polio Eradication News

  • Polio campaigns resume with strict COVID-19 prevention measures July 30, 2020
    Vaccinators in countries including Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso and Pakistan took to the streets this month to fill urgent immunity gaps that have widened in the under-five population during a four month pause to polio campaigns due to COVID-19. Campaigns resumed in alignment with strict COVID-19 prevention measures, including screening of vaccinators for symptoms of […]
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  • Eye on Eradication July 30, 2020
    Eye on Eradication is the GPEI Hub’s monthly newsletter covering progress and remaining challenges for polio eradication in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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  • Mali July 29, 2020
    WHO risk assessment WHO assesses the risk of international spread of cVDPV2 across Africa to be high. WHO advice It is important that all countries, in particular those with frequent travel and contacts with polio-affected countries and areas, strengthen surveillance for AFP cases in order to rapidly detect any new virus importation and to facilitate […]
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  • Women Leaders July 28, 2020
    As of March 2020 the programme started a spotlight focus on women leaders that have contributed to the efforts of global polio eradication. The “Women Leaders in Polio Eradication” series aims to highlight women’s leadership and their roles across the polio programme, providing insight into their work and life. The GPEI continues to strive to […]
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  • Five Rotary women leading the fight to end polio July 28, 2020
    In every corner of the world, women leaders in Rotary are leading the charge to make polio history. They are fundraisers, volunteers, polio survivors and advocates from all backgrounds and walks of life with one thing in common: working to ensure that no child ever has to suffer the devastating and paralyzing effects of polio. […]
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  • Latest on COVID-19 July 27, 2020
    GPEI’s bi-weekly Situation Report & Donor Update
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  • Confronting outbreaks in Somalia July 27, 2020
    For Somalis, COVID-19 is the most immediate crisis in a seemingly unending cycle of floods, food insecurity, conflict and outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, cholera and polio. Against this backdrop, the World Health Organization’s polio programme is working to steer the COVID response and, more broadly, maintain vaccine immunity levels and improve access to […]
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  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – May 2020 July 22, 2020
    In May 1 case of wild poliovirus were reported 318 children were vaccinated. Polio vaccination activities continued to stay postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak Related resources
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  • Delivering lifesaving messages in Pakistan July 20, 2020
    Nida, a polio community worker in Lahore, is glued to her mobile phone. But this is not a leisurely conversation with a friend. She is messaging a mother in her neighbourhood who is worried about COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, polio programme workers across the country have pivoted to use messaging applications, especially WhatsApp, to […]
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  • Gender Equality Strategy July 15, 2020
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  • Training health workers to fight COVID-19 in Sudan July 13, 2020
    The polio eradication programme has stepped up to help the Sudanese Ministry of Health limit spread of the COVID-19 virus. The programme is working in 14 states in the country supporting COVID-19 surveillance, information dissemination and training of health workers. Dr Niazy Abd Alhameed Abd Alwahab, a National Medical Officer for the polio programme since […]
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  • Polio eradication expertise backs Africa’s COVID-19 response July 6, 2020
    Expertise in polio eradication that has put Africa on the verge of being certified free of wild poliovirus has been brought to the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. A network of responders from the World Health Organization (WHO) polio eradication programme and partner organizations is providing critical resources and skills to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. […]
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  • Leading the WHO’s Polio Eradication Programme is the opportunity of a lifetime – Michel Zaffran July 2, 2020
    For almost five years I have had the immense privilege of heading Polio Eradication at WHO, representing the agency as we lead the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and work towards our goal of a polio-free world. Since 1988, we have reduced incidence of polio by 99.9% and more than 18 million people are walking today […]
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