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Consultation of Islamic scholars on polio eradication

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Cairo, 6–7 March 2013 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is hosting a high-level consultation of Islamic scholars, from 6 to 7 March 2013, in the WHO Regional Office in Cairo. The objective of the consultation is to identify the best strategies for demonstrating solidarity among Islamic scholars and leadership to: counter false propaganda about the polio vaccine, promote its use to protect children of the Muslim ummah against polio and ensure eradication of this paralyzing disease.

It is expected that Islamic scholars from Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will participate in the consultation, in addition, scholars of Mashyakhet Al Azhar, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA), International Islamic Fiqh Academy are also expected to participate.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, launched by the health ministers of the Member States of the World Health Organization in 1988, including the health ministers from all 57 member states of OIC, has been successful in stopping the transmission of this crippling disease in all but three countries of the world: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

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Report of the consultation with Islamic scholars on polio eradication [132.95kb]

WHO press release: Islamic scholars call for urgent action to complete polio eradication in Muslim communities.

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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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