POLIO [to 23 July 2016]
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Polio this week as of 19 July 2016
:: The Independent Monitoring Board is meeting in London on 20-21 July to assess progress towards polio eradication .
:: The Technical Advisory Group on polio eradication for Afghanistan met in Kabul on 11-13 July and commended progress towards interrupting the transmission of polio whilst stressing the challenges that remain. Progress in the context of surveillance was also commended in the Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) Surveillance Review that took place in Afghanistan in June.
:: Selected Country Levels Updates [excerpted]
No new cases at country level reported.
World Bank [to 23 July 2016]
Date: July 19, 2016
Amidst Conflict, World Bank Reaches 1.5 Million Yemeni Children with Polio Vaccines
:: The crisis in Yemen has taken a heavy toll on the country’s children, with thousands killed and thousands more at risk of disease and malnutrition.
:: All World Bank Group operations in Yemen were suspended when the conflict worsened, but a partnership with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) has allowed for the continuation of key activities of two Bank-funded health projects.
:: The Health and Population Project has provided critical support for the national polio campaign that has managed to vaccinate 1.5 million Yemeni children despite the conflict.