RSS Polio Eradication News

  • Why the last mile in polio eradication is so important April 18, 2019
    Reposted with permission from Rotary.org 1. There were more cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 than in 2017. Should we be discouraged?   No, not at all. We’ve always expected the number of cases to fluctuate somewhat as we get closer to zero. We’ve gone four straight years with fewer than 100 cases per year. That’s an […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Joining hands across the border April 16, 2019
    On both sides of the historical 2640-kilometre-long border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, communities maintain close familial ties with each other. The constant year-round cross border movement makes for easy wild poliovirus transmission in the common epidemiological block. As a new tactic in their joint efforts to defeat poliovirus circulation, Afghanistan and Pakistan have introduced all-age […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • The future of polio eradication efforts? The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) weighs in April 9, 2019
    After concerted efforts spanning decades, polio eradication efforts are in the homestretch and experts are advising how to fast-track the last mile. The SAGE convened in Geneva from 2-4 April 2019 to discuss all things related to vaccines and immunizations, including poliovirus and the global eradication efforts around it. SAGE reviewed the latest global polio […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Afghanistan polio snapshot – February 2019 April 4, 2019
    In February: 1 case of wild poliovirus was reported in February 2019. 5.8 million children under the age of five were targeted during the February Supplementary Immunization Activities (SNIDs). 546 Permanent Transit Teams (PTTs) were operational across Afghanistan in February 2019.
    Gladys Kibui
  • Ending polio against all odds April 3, 2019
    In a control room at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, the smart screen projects the South Sudan map with a scattering of red dots—and even more popping up every now and then. These red dots are geo-coded locations for every healthcare facility being visited by surveillance officers to document […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan Regional Polio Laboratory nearing completion thanks to Japan International Cooperation Agency April 2, 2019
    On 15 March 2019 in Islamabad, representatives from the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) were given a general update on the progress of the Polio Regional Lab and the surveillance network. Thanks to Japan’s funding, 70% of the latest molecular biology equipment has been procured, installed and made operational. JICA […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – February 2019 April 1, 2019
    In February: 2 new cases of wild poliovirus cases were reported 1.5  million children were vaccinated in February 2019 at 355 Permanent Transit Points (PTPs) set up across the country 13.4 million children were vaccinated with oral polio vaccine
    Gladys Kibui
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    Gladys Kibui
  • Polio Endgame Strategy March 27, 2019
    The Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023: Eradication, Integration, Containment and Certification Roadmap to secure lasting world free of all polioviruses The GPEI Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023 lays out the roadmap to achieving and sustaining a world free of all polioviruses. It focuses on three key pillars: Eradication, Integration, and Containment + Certification, as well as critical […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Making History: Collecting GPEI Artifacts and Records March 25, 2019
    The story of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is made tangible through archival collections of related artifacts and records. From items utilized during immunization campaigns to lab materials, these collections represent the many individuals, organizations, milestones, and locations that have been apart of this global effort. The GPEI History Project Archivist collaborates with GPEI […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • ORAL HISTORIES March 25, 2019
    Polio eradication history is happening as we document it. “…much of the wealth of the GPEI’s lessons will never be captured in textbooks or academic articles because many of the details, especially with regard to what didn’t work, will survive only in the knowledge and experience of the thousands of individuals who worked at the […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • “Women are like grass, not trees” March 19, 2019
    Thanks to the unbending resolve and resilience of women health professionals as they go door-to-door across villages and mountains administering vaccine in some of the most marginalized or remote communities, women are truly the backbone of the polio programme at the ground-level. We asked a few of these women about their most daunting and heartening […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • The Future of Disease Surveillance – Rolling out Innovative Real-time Tracking Network across Africa March 12, 2019
    In close collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO’s Regional Office for Africa is continuing to roll-out an innovative disease surveillance platform, enabling the real-time detection of suspected polio cases anywhere on the continent. Thousands of health workers, volunteers and members of local communities across the continent have been equipped with geo-coded mobile […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Video: Polio in Afghanistan March 12, 2019
    See how the World Health Organization is working with the Government of Afghanistan, local communities and partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, to once and for all rid the country of polio. Video is also available with subtitles in other languages:  Français | عربي | Espagnol | 한국| 日本語で
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistani women march ahead in the fight against polio March 8, 2019
    Like many Pakistani women, Hafiza and Sahiqa start their days in the early morning, when other household members are still asleep. They tackle their domestic chores before beginning their official duties – as polio frontline workers. “I get up by 5:00 am, if I am to prepare properly for a productive day. I need to […]
    Katerina ALVES