POLIO Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)


Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Polio this week as of 03 November 2021
:: The newly launched PIM Identification tool is a digital version of the PIM Guidance – 2nd edition allowing facilities worldwide to efficiently assess if the samples stored or handled are considered potentially infectious materials for polioviruses. Facilities utilizing this tool are encouraged to report their findings to their National Poliovirus Containment Coordinator (NPCC), National Certification Committee for Poliomyelitis Eradication (NCC), National Task Force for containment (NTF) or responsible national authority, using the form: Web Annex C. For more information on the tool, please contact: containment@who.int
:: “I am excited that both vaccines are accessible as they would encourage many people who bring their children for the polio vaccine to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  As a parent, I would not like to have a child that is paralyzed,” Says Joan Ewah, during a polio vaccination campaign that was leveraged by integrating COVID-19 vaccination in Cross River State, Nigeria


Summary of new WPV and cVDPV viruses this week (AFP cases and ES positives):
– Cameroon: one cVDPV2 case
– DR Congo: one cVDPV2 cases
– Niger: two cVDPV2 cases
– Nigeria: eight cVDPV2 cases and five positive environmental samples



WHO/OCHA Emergencies

Health emergencies list – WHO
“The health emergencies list details the disease outbreaks, disasters and humanitarian crises where WHO plays an essential role in supporting countries to respond to and recover from emergencies with public health consequences.”
Afghanistan crisis [Last apparent update: 5 Aug 2021]

Crisis in Northern Ethiopia [Last apparent update: 18 Oct 2021]

Ebola outbreak, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2021 [Last apparent update: 17 Aug 2021]

Ebola outbreak outbreak, N’Zerekore, Guinea, 2021 [Last apparent update: 17 Aug 2021]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic [See COVID above]


Ebola outbreak, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2020
[Last apparent update: 17 Aug 2021]

Ebola outbreak, North Kivu, Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2018 – 2020
[Last apparent update: 17 Aug 2021]

Ebola outbreak, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2018 [Last apparent update: 24 July 2018]

Yemen crisis [Last apparent update: 12 February 2021]

Syria crisis [Last apparent update: 18 June 2021]

Somalia crisis [Last apparent update: 24 March 2018]

Nigeria crisis [Last apparent update: 1 Oct 2021]

Ebola outbreak, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2017 [Last apparent update: 17 Aug 2021]

Zika virus disease outbreak, 2015-2016 [Last apparent update: 24 Jan 2020]

Ebola outbreak: West Africa, 2014-2016 [Last apparent update: 17 Aug 2021]

Iraq crisis [Last apparent update: 9 Jan 2008]

South Sudan crisis [Last apparent update: 23 Sep 2020]

Avian influenza A (H7N9) virus outbreak [Last apparent update: 13 September 2021]

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) outbreak [Last apparent update: 8 July 2019]

Influenza A (H1N1) virus, 2009-2010 pandemic [Last apparent update: 10 Aug 2010]



UN OCHA – Current Emergencies
Current Corporate Emergencies
Afghanistan: Weekly Humanitarian Update (25 – 31 October 2021)


Northern Ethiopia
Ethiopia – Northern Ethiopia Humanitarian Update Situation Report, 4 Nov 2021
No humanitarian supplies have arrived into Tigray since 18 October.
Movement of humanitarian workers in and out of Tigray by road has been denied since 28 October, while movement within Amhara and Afar regions is restricted.
Lack of fuel significantly reduced life-saving operations in Northern Ethiopia, including water trucking, food distribution, nutrition, health and protection services.
Only nine of 46 WASH partners were able to operate during the reporting period in Tigray, and at reduced capacity.
Only 20,000 people received food assistance in Amhara during the reporting period due to access constraints.