Certification

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Regional situation

  • Basic national documentation has been accepted from 21 countries that have been polio-free for 3 years or more (Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, occupied Palestinian territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen).
  • Provisional national documentation has been received from countries that still have wild polio virus circulation (Afghanistan and Pakistan).
  • Final national documentation for regional certification has been accepted from 17 countries that have been polio-free for 5 years or more and have completed phase I of laboratory containment (Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, occupied Palestinian territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates).
  • Regular yearly updates (annual update and abridged annual update) have been submitted on a yearly basis by all countries whose basic national documentation was accepted (annual update), and countries whose final national documentation for regional certification was accepted (abridged annual update).

Eastern Mediterranean Regional Certification Commission

The Eastern Mediterranean Regional Certification Commission was established in 1995. It comprises ten members and is chaired by Dr Yagoub Al Mazrou. Table 1 shows the composition of the Regional Certification Commission.

RCC Member NameFromTo

Dr Yagoub Al Mazrou

1995 Current

Professor David Salisbury

1998 Current

Dr Magda Rakha

2003 Current

Professor Gaafar Ibnauf Suliman

2006 Current

Professor Oyewale Tomori

2007 Current

Dr Mohamed Helmy Wahdan

2012 Current

Professor Tariq Bhutta

2013 Current

Dr Bijan Sadrizadeh

2013 Current

Dr Supamit Chunsuttiwat

2013 Current

Dr Moncef Sidhom

2013 Current

Dr Ali Jaffer Mohamed 

1995 2013

Dr Malek Afzali

1995 2013

Professor Mushtaq Khan

1995 2013

Dr Sadig Mahgoub El Tayeb

1995 1999

Dr Abdullahi Deria

1995 2006

Dr Imam Zaghloul

1997 2000

Professor Natth Bhamarapravati

1998 2003

Professor Reda Teklahaimanot

1998 2006

Dr Naryan Keshary Shah

2004 2008

Professor Nazrul Islam

2009 2013

More information about members of the Regional Certification Commission.

Terms of reference of the Regional Certification Commission

  1. To establish minimum guidelines for countries to document achievements towards polio eradication.
  2. To review and assess country data and documentation of activities, and eventually, national committee reports on polio eradication.
  3. To issue a report to the Global Commission on the achievement of polio eradication in the Region.

Regional Certification Commission meetings

The Regional Certification Commission has held 28 meetings so far; the last meeting took place in Amman, Jordan, from 22 to 24 April 2014. Also an exceptional Closed Follow-Up meeting for the Regional Certification Commission was held in Tunis, Tunisia, from 13 to 14 November 2013.

Regional Certification Commission meetings

Country certification information

Afghanistan

Bahrain

Djibouti

Egypt

Islamic Republic of Iran

Iraq

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon

Libya

Morocco

Oman

Pakistan

Occupied Palestinian territory

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

Sudan

Syrian Arab Republic

Tunisia

United Arab Emirates

Yemen

Blank certification documents (October 2012 version)

Basic national documentation

Annual update

Final national documentation for regional certification

Abridged annual update

Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2013–2014 (Week 43ending 26 October 2014)

Country

P1

Total

2013
Afghanistan 14 14
Pakistan 93 93
Somalia 194 194
Syria 35 35
Total 2013 336 336
2014
Afghanistan 12 12
Iraq 2 2
Pakistan 220 220
Somalia 5 5
Syria 1 1

Total 2014

240

240

Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance indicators

Supplementary immunization activities

Routine immunization
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