In an extraordinary joint statement by the Chairs of the main independent, advisory and oversight committees of the GPEI, the Chairs urge everyone involved in polio eradication to ensure polio will finally be assigned to the history books by 2023. We are tantalizingly close but, unlike horseshoes and hand grenades, close does not count. See where we stand today on this page...
Polio this week as of 22 May 2019
  • Health ministers and delegates attending the World Health Assembly this week in Geneva welcomed the new Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023, reiterating the need to fully implement and fund all aspects of the strategy to secure a lasting polio-free world.  The five-year plan spells out the tactics and tools to wipe out the poliovirus from its last remaining reservoirs, including innovative strategies to vaccinate hard-to-reach children and expanded partnerships with the Expanded Programme on Immunization community and health emergencies.
  • Taking advantage of the critical mass of global leaders, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative hosted an event for polio eradicators, partners and stakeholders on 21 May 2019.  The event, To Succeed by 2023—Reaching Every Last Child, celebrated the GPEI’s new Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023. Read more here.
  • The GPEI is committed to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women in its efforts to eradicate polio. On 11 May 2019, the GPEI Polio Oversight Board officially endorsed the GPEI Gender Equality Strategy, 2019-2023 with the objective to promote the integration of a gender perspective into different aspects of the GPEI’s programming, to support countries in addressing gender-related barriers to polio vaccination to increase coverage and increase women’s meaningful participation in the polio programme. Read strategy here. Watch an animation explaining the
  • relations between gender and polio eradication here.

  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported in the past week. There are seven WPV1 cases reported in 2019 from Afghanistan. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2018 remains 21.
  • One wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1)-positive environmental sample was reported in Kandahar district, Kandahar province. The sample was collected on 23 March 2019.
  • Two wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been confirmed:  one from Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town in Karachi district, Sindh province, and one from North Waziristan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  The cases had onset of paralysis on 29 and 26 April 2019 respectively, bringing the total number of WPV1 cases in 2019 to 17.  The total number of WPV1 cases in 2018 remains 33.
  • Seven WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week: one each from Baldia Town and S.I.T.E in Karachi district, Sindh province; one from Lahore district, Punjab province; one from Federal Capital Territory, Islamabad; one each from Bannu district and South Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province; one from Quetta district, Balochistan province. The samples were collected from 28 April to 7 May 2019.
  • Three cVDPV2-positive environmental sample were reported this week: one from Lagos mainland, in Lagos State, one each from Ilorin West and Ilorin East in Kwara State. The samples were collected between 12-13 April 2019.
  • No cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been reported in the country since the one detected from Borno State with a date of onset of paralysis on 21 August 2016.
  • Recent confirmation of spread of one of the cVDPV2 outbreaks, both within Nigeria and internationally, underscores the urgent need to fill remaining vaccination gaps in the ongoing outbreak response, and to optimize the geographic extent and operational quality of mOPV2 response.
  • At the same time, outbreak response to WPV1 continues, including efforts to address surveillance and immunity gaps in parts of Borno State.