Polio Eradication Initiative

2017 has seen the lowest levels of polio transmission in history – but we’re not done yet

Child_in_Afghanistan_displays_inked_fingerAn Afghan child displays her finger, seen stained with ink, as a mark of having been administered the polio vaccine during the first day of a polio vaccination campaign in Bamyan on October 17, 2016. WHO Afghanistan/R.Akbar

23 October 2017 – With fewer cases than in any other year in history, the world has its best opportunity yet to end polio for good. Our Region, and the world, has never been closer to eradicating polio. Wild poliovirus (WPV) transmission is at the lowest levels in history and is limited to a few zones in the 2 remaining polio-endemic countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region ‒ Afghanistan and Pakistan. Fewer children were paralysed by wild poliovirus in 2016 than in any other year in history (37 cases), and, so far in 2017, only 12 cases of WPV had been reported: 7 from Afghanistan and 5 from Pakistan. 

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In focus

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Workshop to review Kuwait's national polio outbreak and response plan

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Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2016–2017




Afghanistan 13 13
Pakistan 20 20
Total 2016 33 33
Afghanistan 14 14




Total 2017



2018 (with data up to 07/01/2018)



Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance Indicators

Supplementary Immunization Activities

Routine immunization
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