Polio Eradication Initiative


Polio eradication challenges in Pakistan

Parents and health care workers are caught in the cross-hairs of violence and politics as they attempt to protect their children from polio in Pakistan. Once on the brink of eradication, the disease has again become a global threat, with Pakistan at its epicentre. Will these everyday heroes succeed and end polio in our lifetime, or will another young generation be at risk?

In a new documentary from Image Nation called "Every last child", Dr Elias Durry, head of the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan, shares the challenges and threats faced by the programme every day. He is determined that the struggle to make the country polio-free will continue despite all these as the job has yet to be done. Dr Durry is one of the people interviewed in this moving and inspiring film who share their everyday struggles and experiences in the fight against polio.

News

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16 January 2015 – January 21 will mark a year since the last case of polio was reported in Syria. This significant milestone is thanks to a tremendous effort by...

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National immunization campaigns target more than 3.9 million children in Jordan and Syria

4 December 2014 | Efforts to vaccinate more than 1 million children under-five in Jordan and 2.9 million children under-five across the Syrian Arab Republic against polio wrap up today. The synchronized vaccination...

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In focus

The Sixty-first session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean took place in Tunis, Tunisia, on 19–22 October 2014, adopting a number of new health initiatives, action plans...

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Events

Friday, October 24, 2014 - Today is World Polio Day 2014. This is a chance to celebrate just how far we have come in the fight against polio since the Global...

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The Eastern Mediterranean Regional Commission for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (RCC) held its 28th meeting in Amman, Jordan, from 22 to 24 April 2014. The meeting was attended by members...

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Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2014–2015

Country

P1

Total

2014
Afghanistan 28 28
Iraq 2 2
Pakistan 306 306
Somalia 5 5
Syria 1 1
Total 2014 342 342
2015 (up to week 09 ending 1 March 2015)
Afghanistan 1 1
Pakistan 13 13

Total 2015

14

14

Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance indicators

Supplementary immunization activities

Routine immunization
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