Posted by Ken Robinson
 

Polio as of 31 January 2019

Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. For more than two years, we’ve seen wild polio cases in only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 
The 144th Session of the Executive Board is meeting from 24 January to 1 February ahead of the World Health Assembly in May. Polio was one of the main talking points in the opening speech by the WHO Director General and current Chair of the Polio Oversight Board, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Concurrently, he also had a stakeholder consultation where he stressed on the need for strengthened and systematic collaboration between partners, health, and non-health actors, and committing to transparent long-term budgets for eradication efforts.
 
Summary of new viruses this week:
Afghanistan- five WPV1 positive environmental samples;
Pakistan – ten wild polioviruses type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental samples;
Nigeria – two circulating vaccine derived poliovirus (VDPV2) positive environmental samples.

Your work, your dollars, and your commitment will make this happen!  Thanks for all you do to eradicate polio.
 
--Ken