Polio Eradication Initiative

World_Health_AssemblyGlobal leaders commit to polio eradication at World Health Assembly

During the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva global leaders have reaffirmed commitment to ending polio once and for all

Last week, global political commitment to eradicating polio was affirmed at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. During the polio agenda item, Member States discussed progress made in the last year and the remaining hurdles that stand in the way of polio eradication.

In her opening address to the Health Assembly, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, said polio eradication had never been so close to the finish line. “During the short span of 2 weeks in April, 155 countries successfully switched from trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, marking the largest coordinated vaccine withdrawal in history. I thank you and your country teams for this marvellous feat,” she said.

Member States reviewed the latest global epidemiology, noting the strong progress made across Africa with no case of wild poliovirus in approaching two years. Delegates from Afghanistan and Pakistan, the final remaining polio endemic countries, outlined the steps they are taking to ensure that transmission is interrupted as a matter of urgency. With fewer missed children than ever before and just 74 cases across the two in 2015, achieving eradication has never appeared to be such an achievable target.

Global leaders commit to polio eradication at World Health Assembly 


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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
2017 (up to 16 April 2017)
Afghanistan 3 3




Total 2017



Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance Indicators

Supplementary Immunization Activities

Routine immunization
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