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Pakistan


Status:
endemic

Most of Pakistan is polio-free. The country has never interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus. Transmission is intense in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and periodically spreads to other parts of the country and internationally. 

Government of Pakistan's National Emergency Action Plan 2014

Financial resource requirements (2014 - 2016) for Pakistan


Polio this week in Pakistan

  • Fourteen new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. Five were from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) (2 in Khyber Agency, 2 in South Waziristan Agency and 1 in Frontier Region Bannu); 3 from Balochistan province (1 in Quetta district, 1 in Killa Abdullah district and 1 in Khuzdar district, which has not previously been infected in 2014); 5 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (4 from Peshawar district and 1 from Karak district, which has not reported cases so far in 2014); and 1 from Karachi Site town in Sindh province. The total number of WPV1 cases in Pakistan in 2014 is now 260, compared to 64 at this time last year. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 11 November, from Quetta district, Balochistan.
  • No cases of type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week. This most recent cVDPV2 case had onset of paralysis in Khyber Agency, FATA, on 16 September. The country has reported 20 cases of cVDPV2 in 2014.
  • Immunization activities are continuing with particular focus on known high-risk areas, in particular newly opened previously inaccessible areas of FATA. At exit and entry points of conflict-affected areas that are still inaccessible during polio campaigns, 100 permanent vaccination points are being used to reach internally displaced families as they move in and out of the inaccessible area. Over 1 million people have been vaccinated in the past few months at transit points and in host communities, including over 850,000 children under 10 years old.