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Polio consultation on intensifying eradication effortsDisruption to routine immunization schedules in some countries of the Region has resulted in detection of new polio casesWHO intensifies polio eradication efforts

Muscat, Oman, 4 September 2014 - Key World Health Organization (WHO) staff dedicated to the global fight of eradicating polio ended a three-day meeting in Muscat, Oman, today. The meeting discussed ways to prevent outbreaks in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa and to stop transmission of this crippling and potentially deadly disease in the endemic countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Representatives from across the Eastern Mediterranean Region acknowledged difficulties faced at country level in implementing programmes and identified new tactics to focus efforts on stopping transmission in the coming months, including in Somalia, Syria and Iraq, countries which have recently faced new outbreaks.

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News

7 August 2014 - UN agencies in Somalia combined forces once again to help a joint UNICEF and WHO team to visit a remote district of Puntland in north east...

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On 5 May 2014 the Director-General declared the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005),...

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38 confirmed polio cases with 765 000 Syrian children in hard-to-reach areas Amman/ Cairo, 22 July 2014 – In a report released today, WHO and UNICEF announced completion of the first...

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In focus

The "WHO/UNICEF Strategic plan for polio outbreak response in the Middle East" outlines the specific actions that will need to be implemented across the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon,...

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Events

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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First Islamic Advisory Group (IAG) meeting on polio eradication

The First Islamic Advisory Group (IAG) meeting and Executive Board meeting was held from 25 to 28 February, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The meeting was attended by the International Islamic...

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