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.


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In Pakistan, internally displaced persons leaving North Waziristan are able to protect their children against polio for the first time in two years. The Convention on the Rights of the Child,...

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Kuwait First International Conference on Poliomyelitis Eradication

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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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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 2013–2014




Afghanistan 14 14
Pakistan 93 93
Somalia 194 194
Syria 35 35
Total 2013 336 336
2014 (up to week 50 ending 14 December 2014)
Afghanistan 25 25
Iraq 2 2
Pakistan 283 283
Somalia 5 5
Syria 1 1

Total 2014



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