Polio Eradication Initiative

World Polio Day 2019: Sudan celebrates global eradication of wild poliovirus type 3

1.	WHO Regional Director Dr.  Ahmed Al Mandhary (3rd left) attending Sudan FMOH celebration on the World Polio Week, Khartoum on 24 Oct 2019. WHO Sudan

Khartoum, 27 October 2019 – The Government of Sudan, in partnership with World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) and other health partners supporting the national polio programme in Sudan marked World Polio Day on 24 October and the declaration of the global eradication of poliovirus type 3 strain.

The celebrations involved a series of awareness-raising activities and emphasized the importance of the continuing support of the international community in eradicating remaining type 1 virus.

“The Government of Sudan, WHO, UNICEF and all partners have achieved a milestone success in keeping the country polio free and protecting our children against this crippling and fatal infectious disease,” said Dr Akram Ali Altoum, Federal Minister of Health in Sudan. “We need to continue advocating for a strong routine immunization programme in Sudan. We hold ourselves and our community members accountable for maintaining a polio-free Sudan,” he added.

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Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2018 - 2019

Country

P1 Total

2018 

Afghanistan

21 21

Pakistan

12 12

Total 2018

33 33

2019 

Afghanistan

21 21

Pakistan

86 86

Total 2019 (up to 17 November 2019)

107 107

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