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Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, visited Nigeria and Chad at the end of the month to discuss polio eradication and routine immunization with key leaders. More on Mr Gate's trip.
transmission zone and the risk of WPV being imported from Pakistan into currently polio free areas.
It has now been more than eight months since India reported its last case (in West Bengal with date of onset on 13 January). Samples taken from sewage continue to be negative for WPV, and have been since November last year.
In response to the spread of Pakistani virus to China, the Government of India has set up vaccination booths at major border crossings.
More than 75 million children were vaccinated against polio during sub-national immunization
days held from 25 September
resumed operations. Chris Maher, Acting Director of Polio Eradication, Monitoring and Research at the WHO, also visited Abuja to assist in the process. Two WHO security officers were deployed in order to support local risk assessments and assist the office to regain basic functionality.WHO's African Region, visited Abuja to provide support to colleagues at the WHO Nigeria office while they reorganized and resumed operations. Chris Maher, Acting Director of Polio Eradication, Monitoring and Research at the WHO, also visited Abuja to assist in the process. Two WHO security officers were deployed in order to support local risk assessments and assist the office to regain basic functionality. The Expert Review Committee (ERC) meeting for polio eradication and routine immunization which had previously been postponed will now be held on 13-14 October.
Technical support is being scaled up to help deal with the outbreak affecting Balochistan. An international consultant has been deployed to the province and will assist in polio eradication activities over the next three months. Technical experts on polio eradication from WHO and UNICEF headquarters are currently visiting the country to assist in planning Balochistan's outbreak response and to help refine SIA micro-planning and implementation in high-risk Union Councils (UCs) of Quetta block districts.
A total of 21.3 million children in 93 districts of the country were targeted during Sub-national Immunization Days (SNIDs) which began on 19 September. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Governor and Chief Minister inaugurated the campaign, while in Balochistan, the Provincial Health Secretary
presided over the launch. Parts of Sindh affected by severe flooding have postponed the round. Despite the flooding, trivalent oral polio vaccine was provided alongside measles vaccine to children under five years of age in camps for internally displaced persons in Sindh.
Angola, a country which is classified as having 're-established transmission', has gone six months without reporting a case. A rapid surveillance assessment conducted in July found surveillance gaps, however additional training on acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and measles surveillance has since been provided to hospital and health centre staff. Five supplementary immunization activities
have been conducted since the last case was reported.
can eradicate polio."
part of the country. Nationwide rounds are taking place from 6-8 October. As part of a surge in technical support, six international consultants and six 'STOPpers' have been deployed to the country.
against WPV1. China uses it own unique oral polio vaccine which is produced in dragee form.
(SIAD) strategy to quickly boost immunity in eight districts neighbouring Kenya. Two vaccination rounds will be held in quick succession - the first on 1-3 October and the second on 15-17 October. Uganda has further rounds planned for November and December, targeting eastern districts designated as being at high risk of reinfection with wild poliovirus.
SNIDs using bOPV were conducted in six districts surrounding the case from 8 September.
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