Polio Eradication Initiative

More than 3.1 million Iraqi children to be vaccinated against polio

More than 3.1 million Iraqi children to be vaccinated against polioChild recieves oral polio vaccine in Baghdad

Baghdad, 26 November 2019 – Health authorities in Iraq, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, have launched a campaign to reach more than 3.1 million children under-5 years of age with lifesaving polio vaccine.

The 5-day campaign aims to target children in 65 districts in the governorates of Baghdad, Babylon, Diwaniya, Diyala, Muthanna, Thi-Qar, Missan and Basra.

“Over the years, WHO, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF have worked hard to improve immunization coverage in the country. Therefore, it is important that we keep building on our work by making sure that children are vaccinated against childhood preventable diseases like polio and we keep Iraq polio free,” said Dr Adham Ismail, WHO Representative for Iraq. “During this second phase of the campaign, we want to reach all the children under 5 regardless of their previous vaccination status with oral polio vaccine leaving no one out no matter where they are,” added Dr Adham.

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Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2019 - 2020

Country

P1 Total

2019 

Afghanistan

29 29

Pakistan

136 136

Total 2019

165 165

2020

Pakistan

1 1

Total 2020 (up to 19 January 2020)

1 1

Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance Indicators

Supplementary Immunization Activities

Routine immunization
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