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Acute flaccid paralysis surveillance review in Somalia, 21–24 March 2013

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to conduct an acute flaccid paralysis surveillance review in Somalia from 21 to 24 March 2013. The surveillance review will cover Northeast Somalia, Northwest Somalia and Mogadishu. The review mission will include participation from two other regions of WHO, WHO headquarters and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The objectives of the review are to:

assess the sensitivity of the surveillance system to detect circulating poliovirus;

conduct field visits to evaluate acute flaccid paralysis surveillance system management, data flow, quality, completeness, timeliness and reporting, and to evaluate staff competence in assessing preparedness for detection and response to importation;

make recommendations to ensure the maintenance of a high level of sensitivity capable of early detection of importation.

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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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