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About the Polio Eradication Initiative

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The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is the largest public health initiative aimed at eradicating polio. In 1988 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio and launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. In October 1988, the resolution was adopted by the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean for implementation in the Region.

The Initiative is a partnership between national governments and spearheading partners, namely, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, and Rotary International. Other important partners have also joined the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, including regional partners.


Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2015–2016




Afghanistan 20 20
Pakistan 54 54
Total 2015 74 74
2016 (up to 16 October 2016)
Afghanistan 8 8
Pakistan 15 15

Total 2016



Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance indicators


Routine immunization
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