We are now in the end game phase of Rotary's quest to eliminate polio from the face of the earth. Nigeria has remained polio free for almost 2 years, the last African country to report cases. We are optimistic that Nigeria will soon drop off the endemic country list which will certify the continent of Africa to be polio free.
 
The so called "tribal region" between Afghanistan and Pakistan continues to be a haven for both polio and the Taliban who disrupt polio immunization efforts as part of its effort to control the population. Rotary as a non political, non religious organization is helpless to fight this onslaught, but we still try. We continue to hope that the Taliban will recognize that their children as well as ours are vulnerable to this disease and that only through cooperation can we end the misery.
Polio this week as of 11 September 2019
 
 
 
Headlines:
  • The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners and the United Arab Emirates co-hosted an informal reception as a pre-event ahead of the Polio Pledging Moment in the United Arab Emirates’-hosted Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Abu Dhabi, in November 2019. The GPEI also presented the 2019-2023 GPEI Investment Case. Read more.
  • Environmental poliovirus surveillance supplements surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and plays a very important role in providing evidence of silent transmission of the poliovirus. Take a look at this photo story.
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan — one wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case; Pakistan— four wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases and 28 WPV1-positive environmental samples; Central African Republic (CAR)— two circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases and one cVDPV2-positive environmental sample; Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)— one cVDPV2 case.
  Afghanistan: 
  • One wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported this week from Tirinkot district, Uruzgan province. The onset of paralysis was on 2 August 2019. There are 16 WPV1 cases reported in 2019. There were 21 WPV1 cases reported in 2018.
  • No WPV1-positive environmental sample was reported in the past week.
 Pakistan:
  • Four wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported this week: one each from Killa Abdullah district, Balochistan province; Lakki Marwat and South Waziristan districts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province; and, Orangi Town, Karachi district, Sindh province. The onsets of paralysis were on 8, 5, and 20 August 2019 respectively. There are 62 WPV1 cases reported in 2019. There were 12 WPV1 cases reported in 2018.
  • 28 WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported this week: three from Quetta district and one from Dera Bugti district, Balochistan province; one from Islamabad, Federal Capital Territory; one from Bannu district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province; five from Lahore district, Punjab province; three from Gadap town, two from Gulshan-e-Iqbal, one each from Korangi, Landhi, Saddar, S.I.T.E Town, Liaqat Town, and Baldia Town, Karachi district, Sindh province; two from Sukkur, and one each from Dadu, Jacobabad, Hyderabad and Kambar districts, Sindh province. The samples were collected between 1-26 August 2019.
  Nigeria:
  • No case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) was reported this week.
  • There are 15 cVDPV2 cases reported in 2019. There were 34 cVDPV2 cases in 2018.