GPEI: Emergency meeting called in response to the polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa, 9–10 June 2013
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean hosted a two-day emergency meeting in Cairo, Egypt, from 9 to 10 June 2013, on the response to the polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa. The meeting was to be attended by the Chairman of the Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group, and representatives of WHO headquarters, WHO Regional Office for Africa, and WHO country offices in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen. It will be chaired by Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.
The objectives of the meeting were to:
:: review the current status and risks for poliovirus circulation in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen
:: review and strengthen national response plans to rapidly stop the polio outbreak and prevent its spread to Ethiopia, Yemen and other countries
:: review and strengthen intercountry and inter-regional coordination of the outbreak response in the Horn of Africa
:: activate and implement the necessary emergency protocols and process to urgently deploy human, logistic and financial resources for a robust outbreak response and develop advocacy plans to optimize access to children in Somalia
:: enhance political commitment and support for the national outbreak response.
Optimal mechanisms and protocols for intercountry and inter-regional coordination will be discussed in the meeting, together with the advocacy and outreach needed to optimize access to children in Somalia and enhance political commitment and support for the national outbreak response.