Polio Eradication Initiative

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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Tunis, Tunisia, 19–22 October 2014. In his opening speech before the Sixty-first session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, said that WHO...

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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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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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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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WHO’s work with partners

Local access negotiators and the International Committee of the Red Cross made it possible to access areas affected by insecurity. Previously unaccessible communities were reached in all vaccinations rounds from January to September 2012.

AusAID work in Afghanistan

Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2013–2014 (Week 42 ending 19 October 2014)




Afghanistan 14 14
Pakistan 93 93
Somalia 194 194
Syria 35 35
Total 2013 336 336
Afghanistan 12 12
Iraq 2 2
Pakistan 210 210
Somalia 5 5
Syria 1 1

Total 2014



Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance indicators

Supplementary immunization activities

Routine immunization
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