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Polio eradication this week:        

  • The tenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations met on 11 August and concluded the current epidemiology continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The EC expressed concern at the newly-detected WPV1 cases in Borno, Nigeria, which highlights the risk posed by undetected low-level transmission, and subnational surveillance and immunity gaps. The EC cautioned that the risk of transmission in the Lake Chad sub-region appears to be extremely high. Read about the IHR findings and recommendations here.
  • The World Health Organization Regional Committee for the African Region met on the 21 August and declared the recent polio outbreak a public health emergency for the countries of the Lake Chad Basin, calling for a coordinated outbreak response across the region. 
  • Launching soon: the new look of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative web site! Keep a lookout for the new design, which will allow visitors to see the latest information on the programme, interactive data visualizations and media content including photo essays and videos. Existing resources from our current website will be available on the new site as well.