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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 2017–2018

Country

P1 Total

2017 

Afghanistan

14 14

Pakistan

8 8

Total 2017

22 22

2018 

Afghanistan

21 21

Pakistan

12 12

Total 2018

33 33

2019 

Afghanistan

13 13

Pakistan

53 53

Total 2019 (up to 18 August 2019)

66 66

Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance Indicators

Supplementary Immunization Activities

Routine immunization
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