POLIO [to 21 June 2014]

POLIO [to 21 June 2014]

GPEI Update: Polio this week – As of 18 June 2014
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Editor’s Excerpt and text bolding
Full report: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx
:: At an International Ulema Conference on Polio Eradication organized by the Islamic Development Bank, leading Islamic scholars called for the entire Muslim world to unite in eradicating polio, and declared the polio vaccination as a parental and community responsibility. The scholars were convened from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
:: The Global Polio Partners Group (PPG) met on Monday 16 June in Geneva to review the development and implementation of short-term and long-term polio eradication strategic plans and emergency action plans. Speakers’ presentations from the PPG meeting are available here [see below].
:: Two new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week from previously uninfected areas including a case from Achin district, Nangarhar province, with onset of paralysis on 15 May, and a case from Dehrawud, Uruzgan province, with onset of paralysis on 20 May, bringing the total number of WPV1 cases for 2014 to six. Targeted mop-up campaigns are starting this Sunday in the areas where the two cases were found, followed by sub-national campaigns in Uruzgan as well as in targeted districts in Kandahar province and in Northern Helmand province…
:: Seven new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas – FATA including five cases from North Waziristan and two cases from Khyber agency. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 4 June from Khyber agency. The total number of WPV1 cases reported from Pakistan for 2014 is 82…

Global Polio Partners Group (PPG) Meeting: 16 June 2014
The Polio Partners Group serves as the stakeholder voice for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term polio eradication strategic plans and emergency action plans. The PPG also fosters greater engagement among polio-affected countries, donors and other partners with the objective of utilizing their political, communications, programmatic and financial capabilities to ensure GPEI has the necessary political commitment and financial resources to reach the goal of polio eradication.
The PPG meets in-person at least two times per year at the ambassadorial/senior-officials level, with the possibility of holding additional ad-hoc conference calls or meetings. Results are reported to the GPEI Polio Oversight Board. Terms of Reference
1. Overview – Interrupting Polio Transmission (Dr B. Aylward)
2. Communications and mobilization (S. Guirguis)
3. Progress with IPV introduction (M. Zaffran)
4. Polio Legacy Planning (A. Freeman)
5. Financial and Budget update (J. Linkins)
6. Monitoring Framework (A. Freeman)

High-level Delegation Reaffirms Commitment to Strengthen Polio Eradication Support to Doollo Zone, Somali Region
Warder. 21 June 2014 – High-level officials from the Federal Ministry of Health, Somali Regional State, WHO and UNICEF visited Warder, the epicentre of the wild polio virus outbreak in Ethiopia, on 21 June 2014 and assured to strengthen support to Doollo Zone, Somali Region, to accelerate progress towards polio eradication…
…The delegation launched, together with the Zonal Administration, the ninth round of polio supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in the outbreak zone, which will be running from 14 to 18 June 2014.
The high-level officials formally inaugurated the Zonal Polio Outbreak Command Post, which had been established in April 2014 to improve coordination of response activities. The delegation received a briefing on the current status of the response from Dr Hassan Sugulle, WHO Polio Consultant, based in Doollo zone, who emphasized the need to do more to reach nomadic communities…
…On behalf of all partners – WHO, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, CDC, CORE GROUP, DFID, GAVI Alliance, Rotary International and MSF – Dr Pierre M’Pele-Kilebou, WHO Representative, acknowledged the strong commitment and progress made in Doollo Zone. He reaffirmed the support of all EPI partners and committed their support to overcome the remaining challenges in reaching every child in Doollo Zone and to prevent further transmission of wild polio virus in Ethiopia.

Battling polio: IDPs turned back at Pak-Afghan border for refusing vaccine
By Sehrish Wasif
The Express Tribune with the International New York Times (Pakistan) (6/20)
Published: June 20, 2014
Nearly 40 trucks carrying internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan en route to Afghanistan were turned back by the Pakistan army at the Pak-Afghan border on Thursday.
Speaking with The Express Tribune, an official said the families had refused to have their children vaccinated against polio. “They have demanded that the government should first provide them with proper food and shelter before they have their children vaccinated,” the official said on the condition of anonymity. The trucks were diverted to a camp in Bannu.
The official said that it is now the provincial government’s responsibility to ensure that all IDPs entering the province are vaccinated against polio. Military officials told The Express Tribune that they hope Operation Zarb-e-Azb will enable access to children who have not received the vaccine since 2012. Vaccinations will be carried out at check posts and 20 registration centres – with ten each for men and women – have been set up, military sources said….