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Uganda

Status: imported poliovirus

Uganda is one of the countries in the “wild poliovirus importation belt” – a band of countries stretching from west Africa to central Africa and the Horn of Africa, which are recurrently re-infected with poliovirus originating from northern Nigeria. The immediate priority is to stop all active outbreaks using mop-up campaigns with monovalent oral polio vaccine in the infected areas, combined with a series of large-scale, synchronized supplementary immunization activities across most of the “importation belt” countries to protect against further importations.

Polio this week in the Horn of Africa

  • No new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week. Five cases have been reported in the Horn of Africa to date in 2014: one WPV1 in Ethiopia (14 January) and four WPV1s in Somalia (the most recent on 3 June in Mudug, Puntland).
  • The Horn of Africa TAG met from 12-14 August to review the current epidemiological situation and the impact of the outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region.
  • Strategies were proposed to improve operations and strengthen surveillance including targeted tactics for reaching mobile populations in Somalia and Ethiopia, considering new communication channels and opportunities to reach these groups. The need to sustain the sense of urgency until the outbreak is stopped was highlighted.
  

Horn of Africa

8th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa
06-07 September 2012, Nairobi, Kenya
Report [pdf]

7th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa
08-09 February 2012, Nairobi, Kenya
Report [pdf]

6th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa
04-05 May 2011, Nairobi, Kenya
Report [pdf]


5th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa
08-09 March 2010, Nairobi, Kenya
Report [pdf]