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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

  • Four new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week, including 2 with onset of paralysis in 2015. One case was reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, in Lakki Marwat district; one in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), in Khyber Agency; and 2 in Balochistan province (1 in Killa Abdullah and 1 in the newly infected district of Jafarabad). The total number of WPV1 cases in 2014 is now 305, and 3 for 2015. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 7 January, from KP.
  • No cases of type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) have been reported this week. The most recent cVDPV2 case had onset of paralysis in Khyber Agency, FATA, on 16 September 2014. The country reported 20 cases of cVDPV2 in 2014.
  • Pakistan accounted for more than 85% of all WPV1 cases worldwide in 2014.
  • To urgently address the intense transmission affecting the country, the government has put in place emergency measures to take advantage of the current ‘low season’ for poliovirus transmission. A ‘low season plan’ has been established, based on lessons learned on accessing populations in insecure areas, engaging communities and fixing remaining operational challenges. Implementation is being overseen by Emergency Operations Centres at federal and provincial levels to ensure accountability for the quality of polio eradication operations. More