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  • PIM Guidance Web Annex A. May 14, 2021
    Country- and area-specific poliovirus data Web Annex A. Country- and area-specific poliovirus data will be updated periodically. The latest version of the document is posted below.
    Gladys Kibui
  • GPEI statement on proposed UK aid cuts May 4, 2021
    The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is greatly concerned by the United Kingdom’s proposed cuts to contributions toward polio eradication in 2021. The proposed 95% reduction will result in an enormous setback to the eradication effort at a critical moment. The UK has a long legacy as a leader in global health and its leadership […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Women Leaders in Polio Eradication: Ellyn Ogden April 28, 2021
    On Ellyn Ogden’s desk sits a decades old coffee mug. It has a special significance for the woman who has led polio eradication for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) since 1997. On the mug, are ten women, the Ladies in Polio, who at the time were the only women participating in GPEI meetings, […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Following in the footsteps of Princess Grace: Monaco & the fight to eradicate polio April 23, 2021
    Even long before the GPEI was formed, Monaco played a leading role in early initiatives to develop a polio vaccine. In the 1950s, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace was an advocate for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in the United States of America, founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (himself a polio survivor). The […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Somalia: formal closure of the cVDPV3 outbreak April 14, 2021
    Dr Hamid Jafari, Director of Polio Eradication for WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, declared Somalia’s outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 3 (cVDPV3) closed a full 28 months after this strain of polio was last detected in Somalia. Seven children were paralysed by the type 3 strain in the 2018 outbreak, and sewage samples regularly monitored […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • GPEI Strategy 2022-2026 April 1, 2021
    In 2020, the GPEI  launched a revision of the strategy for polio eradication. Partners and stakeholders collectively identified remaining obstacles to polio eradication, in order to inform a revised and strengthened plan. They then developed optimal approaches to reaching the goal, adapted to the global health context and based on lessons learned. The strengthened plan […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Senegal April 1, 2021
    Senegal is affected by cVDPV2, linked to an outbreak originating in Nigeria. GPEI partners, including through our regional and country offices, are continuing to assist Egyptian health authorities in conducting a complete investigation, including to ascertain more clearly the origin/source of the isolated virus, and assess potential risk of spread within the country as well as […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Living with Polio in Pakistan April 1, 2021
    In his English writing class, Mujahid Miran was asked to write an essay titled the “Aim of life”. This was a space for the students to imagine who they could be and what they saw themselves as when they grew up. Miran wanted to be a captain in the army and he eagerly shared this […]
    Gladys Kibui
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    Gladys Kibui
  • GPEI Budget 2021 March 30, 2021
    This financial information reflects official figures from the 2021 GPEI budget, as approved by the GPEI Polio Oversight Board on 18 December 2020. *To properly view the figures, please use the “full-screen” feature at the bottom right of the table.
    Gladys Kibui
  • Egypt and UAE co-chair new EMRO ministerial subcommittee on polio March 23, 2021
    The new Regional Subcommittee brings together ministers of health from Member States across the Eastern Mediterranean Region to tackle some of the persistent high-level challenges to polio eradication. Those include raising the visibility of polio eradication as a regional public health emergency and priority and mustering the political support and domestic financial support needed to […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • “All the work I do with communities on polio I do for my daughter” March 18, 2021
    The yellow taxi drives slowly on an unpaved road in one of Kandahar city’s districts. It has rained heavily turning the detritus on the ground into a muddy quagmire. The car labours in its efforts not to get stuck. Stopping near a house, a young woman in a black scarf and traditional dress climbs out […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • Pakistan polio snapshot – January 2021 March 16, 2021
    In January 39.6 million children were vaccinated during the NIDs campaign. 1.1 M children were vaccinated at Permanent Transit Points. Download
    Gladys Kibui
  • Countries gear up to kick all forms of polio out of Africa, once and for all March 13, 2021
    13 March 2021, Brazzaville – To rapidly and sustainably stop outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in African countries, a modified vaccine, known as novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) is now being rolled out. Last year, on 25 August 2020, Africa made history with the African Region Certification Commission for Polio […]
    Gladys Kibui
  • The future of public health depends on women. March 7, 2021
    Therese and Léonie reminded me of this hard truth in a recent visit to a hospital in N’Djaména, Chad. One is a newborn girl and the other is a veteran of the campaign to eradicate a human disease for only the second time in history –polio-. As a Gender Champion for Polio Eradication, I have […]
    Gladys Kibui