POLIO [to 25 October 2014]
GPEI Update: Polio this week – As of 22 October 2014
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
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Full report: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx
:: World Polio Week, starting on 23 October, provides an opportunity to recognize the progress made towards the global eradication of polio in 2014. This year is the first year with South East Asia certified as polio-free.
:: The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was awarded Rotary International’s Polio Eradication Champion Award on 18 October in recognition of his efforts to achieve a polio free world. Canada has been a long standing supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988.
:: Pakistan has reached 210 cases of paralysis caused by wild poliovirus in 2014. This is the highest number of cases on record by October in any year, and accounts for more than 85% of all cases worldwide.
:: Four new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week in Pakistan. Of these, 3 are from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) (1 from South Waziristan and 2 from Khyber Agency); and 1 from Lakki Marwat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 1 October. This brings the total number of WPV1 cases in 2014 to 210 compared to 46 in 2013 by this date.
:: Immunization activities are continuing with particular focus on known high-risk areas, in particular the newly opened areas of FATA. At exit and entry points of areas that are inaccessible during polio campaigns, 163 permanent vaccination points are being used to reach internally displaced families as they move in and out of the inaccessible area.
World Polio Day 2104
:: Ten million childhood disabilities prevented in campaign to end polio – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 October 2014 – Every day, a thousand or so children have been protected from disability during a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio. The worldwide campaign has immunised millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, UNICEF said on the eve of World Polio Day…
:: MMWR October 24, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 42
– World Polio Day — October 24, 2014
– Polio-Free Certification and Lessons Learned — South-East Asia Region, March 2014
:: Rotary marks World Polio Day 2014 with US$44.7 million in grants to fight polio in Africa, Asia and the Middle East
Oct 21, 2014, With the world “This Close”—99%—to eliminating polio from the planet, the effort is receiving an additional US$44.7 million boost from Rotary to support immunization activities, surveillance, and research spearheaded by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.