In an extraordinary joint statement by the Chairs of the main independent, advisory and oversight committees of the GPEI, the Chairs urge everyone involved in polio eradication to ensure polio will finally be assigned to the history books by 2023. We are tantalizingly close but, unlike horseshoes and hand grenades, close does not count. See where we stand today on this page...
Polio this week as of 13 March 2019
  • On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2019, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative featured stories of women on-ground working for polio eradication efforts. Read all the IWD news here.
  • Wild poliovirus continues to transmit in Afghanistan—one of the most challenging geographical and socio-political landscapes—but GPEI is working with the partners and the government to make concrete gains in eliminating the disease. More on the efforts here.
  • Real-time disease surveillance is the future of disease of surveillance, which is being rolled-out at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more.
  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. There are two WPV1 cases reported in 2019. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2018 remains 21.
  • No cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported this week. There are four WPV1 cases reported in 2019.  The total number of WPV1 cases in 2018 remains 12.
  • Nine WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week: one each from Saddar and Landhi in Karachi district, Sindh province; two from Lahore district and one from Rawalpindi district in Punjab province; one from Peshawar district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province; two from Quetta and one f
  • No cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 have been reported this week. So far, only one cVDPV2 case has been reported in 2019 in Nigeria. The total number of cVDPV2 cases in 2018 remains 34.
  • Three cVDPV2-positive environmental samples were reported this week in Maiduguri LGA in Borno State. Samples were collected between 5-12 February 2019.
  • One cVDPV2-positive community contact case has been reported in Konduga, Borno State. The sample was collected on 9 February 2019.