Polio Eradication Initiative

Polio eradication staff support COVID-19 response

covid-trainingPolio staff conduct COVID-19 awareness training in Gadap, Pakistan. Photo: WHO/Pakistan

April 2020 – Using the vast infrastructure developed to identify the poliovirus and deliver vaccination campaigns, the polio eradication programme is pitching in to protect the vulnerable from COVID-19, especially in polio-endemic countries. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as worldwide, the programme is drawing on years of experience fighting outbreaks to support governments as they respond to the new virus.

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Global Polio Eradication Initiative Statement on COVID-19


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In focus

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Indicators and information

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


P1 Total



29 29


146 146

Total 2019

175 175



3 3


37 37

Total 2020 (up to 5 April 2020)

40 40

Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance Indicators

Supplementary Immunization Activities

Routine immunization
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