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Polio Highlight

Officially reported wild polio virus cases as of 03 Jul 2012

Total global cases in 2012: 88 (compared with 252 for the same period in 2011)
Total in endemic countries in 2012: 84 (compared with 226 for the same period in 2011)
Total in non-endemic countries in 2012: 4 (compared with 26 for the same period in 2011)

• Nigeria: 52 cases in 2012 (compared with 17 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 06-Jun-12
• Pakistan: 22 cases in 2012 (compared with 58 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 22-May-12
• Afghanistan: 10 cases in 2012 (compared with 8 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 29-May-12
• Chad: 4 cases in 2012 (compared with 85 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 11-May-12
• Niger: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 1 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 22-Dec-11
• DRC: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 60 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 20-Dec-11
• CAR: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 08-Dec-11
• China: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 09-Oct-11
• Guinea: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 1 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 03-Aug-11
• Kenya: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 30-Jul-11
• Côte d'Ivoire: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 11 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 24-Jul-11
• Angola: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 4 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 07-Jul-11
• Mali: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 4 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 23-Jun-11
• Congo: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 1 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 22-Jan-11
• Gabon: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 1 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 15-Jan-11
• India: 0 case in 2012 (compared with 1 for the same period in 2011), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 13-Jan-11

By changing yourself, you can change the world!

During the polio management training in Afghanistan, participants agreed on a slogan and theme that expresses their spirit and sense of optimism for polio eradication in the country: “By changing yourself, you can change the world!”

Source: Wild Poliovirus Weekly Update 06-Jun-2012, World Health Organization

Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2012 05:28

Programmatic Emergency:

The World Health Assembly (WHA) declared the completion of polio eradication a programmatic emergency for global public health. In total, 35 member states spoke to offer their strong support to the resolution, many highlighting the feasibility and opportunity of eradication in the near-term, but expressing concern at the ongoing funding gap that is threatening success.

Global Polio Emergency Action Plan launched

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative officially launched
a Global Emergency Action Plan 2012-2013 in the margins of the World Health Assembly this week.  The Plan aims to better support the remaining endemic countries to boost vaccination coverage to levels needed to stop polio transmission.  The Plan is launched as polio eradication is at a tipping
point.  Although the number of polio cases is lower this year than in any
previous 4-month period over the last ten years, it is estimated that failure
to achieve success could lead within a decade to as many as 200,000 paralyzed children a year worldwide. 

The full Plan is available at www.polioeradication.org



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