Breaking news: Two cases of wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) have been reported from West Africa - one from Mali (in Mopti province) with onset of paralysis on 8 February and the other from Cote d'Ivoire (in Bas Sassandra province), with onset of paralysis on 27 January. This is the first WPV3 in
Côte d'Ivoire since current record-keeping;
Mali's most recent WPV3 was in September 2010. These cases have just been reported and are not yet reflected in the official global data.
The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) met last week in Geneva, Switzerland. The group was presented with the latest epidemiology and status updates by the spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), together with high-level representatives of the Governments of India, Nigeria and Chad (delegations present) and Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) and Angola (delegations joining via teleconference). For areas deemed to be at high risk of missing the milestones, the IMB reviewed new emergency plans developed to address ongoing operational gaps. For areas considered on track, the IMB examined additional approaches to capitalize on key opportunities. The IMB was also presented with an update on the financial health of the GPEI, including the implications of an ongoing global funding gap through end-2012. The IMB is expected to finalize its report by mid-April 2011.