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WHO elections

Delegates at the 70th World Health Assembly adopt their initial decisions

The 70th World Health Assembly adopted its resolutions on poliomyelitis, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework and human resources for health. It also approved a programme budget consisting of U.S.$4,421.5m which includes a 3% (U.S.$28m) increase in member state assessed contributions in 2018-19 and increased investments in the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (U.S.$69.1m) and in combatting antimicrobial resistance (U.S.$23.2m)

May 25, 2017
Pan American Health Organization

Promoting health through the life course

‘Overemphasis on polio hampering fight against other diseases’

The Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPAP) said that thousands of children in Sindh are dying of vaccine-preventable diseases because the state health authorities are over-emphasizing the fight against polio and neglecting the equally important fight against other vaccine preventable diseases

April 26, 2017
The News Pakistan

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Extinguished Epidemics Reappear in Syria

Epidemics are gradually reappearing in Syria as part of a reality that has started to impose itself in zones that are not controlled by the Syrian regime, especially in the northern and eastern regions which have witnessed a series of fights amid the total absence of local and civil authorities. Poliomyelitis is now rampant in Deir ez-Zor, with 58 cases up to the start of June. Displaced Raqqa civilians in nearby camps, especially Tuwayhina, are seeing a resurgence of cholera, leishmania and measles

July 10, 2017
Enab Baladi

WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria

Seventeen children have been paralysed by polio following an outbreak of the disease in Syria that the World Health Organization says is "very serious". Earlier this month, the agency reported two polio cases in the Mayadin area of Deir al-Zour province, much of which is controlled by so-called Islamic State. Fourteen new cases have now been confirmed in the same area, while another was recorded in Raqqa province. It is the first re-emergence of polio in the war-torn country since 2014

June 20, 2017
Reuters, Times of Israel, Stat News, Al Arabiya

WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback

The Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, the World Health Organization said. Confirmation of the outbreaks in Congo`s Haut-Lomami and Maniema provinces came less than a week after the WHO said polio had resurfaced in Syria, in an area partly controlled by Islamic State. Like the Syrian outbreak, the four Congolese cases were caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, which emerges in areas with only patchy vaccine coverage after being excreted by people who have been vaccinated

June 13, 2017
Reuters

Polio outbreak in Syria poses vaccination dilemma for WHO

Vaccinating too few children in Syria against polio because the six-year-old war there makes it difficult to reach them risks causing more cases in the future, the World Health Organization said, posing a dilemma after a recent outbreak. Vaccinating even 50 percent of the estimated 90,000 children aged under 5 in the Mayadin area of Deir al-Zor would probably not be enough to stop the outbreak and might actually sow the seeds for the next outbreak, WHO`s Oliver Rosenbauer said. Immunisation rates need to be closer to 80 percent to have maximum effect and protect a population, he told a briefing

June 9, 2017
Reuters
June 10, 2017
New Delhi Times

Syrian polio outbreak hits global effort to eradicate virus

A polio outbreak has been confirmed in an area of Syria partly held by Islamic State, the first re-emergence of the virus in Syria since 2014, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the World Health Organization said. The virus was confirmed in stools of two people who had started to become paralysed and those of a healthy child. The discovery is a fresh blow for hopes of eradicating the disease globally - a goal that was set for the year 2000 when the eradication initiative was launched in 1988, but which has been repeatedly pushed back, with billions of dollars spent on trying to snuff out the last remaining pockets of disease

June 8, 2017
Reuters

Presence of poliovirus in Islamabad raises alarm

Pakistan’s Minister of State for Health expressed her concern over the third consecutive positive environmental sample originating from Islamabad indicating the presence of poliovirus. She called for stronger coordinated efforts between the Rawalpindi and Islamabad teams to avert the risk of polio cases in the district

May 12, 2017
The News

Eerste poliobesmetting in Nederland in jaren door ongelukje in laboratorium

The Dutch health secretary said that a Dutchman has become infected with poliovirus. It happened in a laboratory at Bilthoven Biologicals. The man has been placed in quarantine to prevent him from infecting others. The health secretary said he is unlikely to fall ill as he has been vaccinated against the virus but he is being well monitored and tested to ensure he can become poliovirus free

April 13, 2017
RTL Nieuws, msn.com, NRC Handelsblad, NOS, Telegraaf

Investigation ordered into polio case in GB

The Express Tribune Pakistan reported that a toddler in Gilgit-Baltistan who contracted polio, had received at least two routine doses of the vaccine prior to doing so, according to medical experts and the patient’s family. An investigation is underway as there ‘may have been some mishandling of the vaccine during transportation’ experts speculated 

March 15, 2017
Dawn, The News International
March 14, 2017
Pakistan Today
March 12, 2017
Daily Times
March 15, 2017
The Guardian

Polio's last stand: frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan's 'badge of shame'

Polio`s last stand: frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan`s `badge of shame` the Guardian investigates

March 15, 2017
The Guardian, Dawn, The News International
March 14, 2017
Pakistan Today
March 12, 2017
Daily Times

Polio case detected

A fresh case of polio disease has been reported in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan, after a gap of six years

March 13, 2017
Dawn, Pakistan Today
March 12, 2017
Daily Times
March 11, 2017
Ary News

Health systems

Traditional ruler appeals to government for CSM vaccine

The head of the Kpaduma community has called on the Nigerian government to make cerebrospinal meningitis vaccine available in the community in order to avoid the spread of the disease. Malam Fajemi Jariyi made this plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. He urged community members to visit health facilities for any ailment and to not rely on self-medication when they noticed any health challenges and to get their children immunized against polio

May 9, 2017
Tribune Online

Polio vaccine in short supply in private hospitals

The Hindu says that the polio vaccine is in short supply in private hospitals in Hyderabad. After India’s switch to bivalent oral polio vaccine from trivalent oral polio vaccine, there has been a global shortage of IPV

April 3, 2017
The Hindu

Ministry of Health suspends 18 health workers for obstructing Polio vaccine program

The Nepalese Ministry of Health suspended 18 health workers, including three health office chiefs, on the charge of obstructing the Polio vaccine administration programme 

March 5, 2017
My Republica, My Republica

Communicable diseases

FG Declares Nigeria Meningitis Free

The Federal Government has officially declared Nigeria free from the latest ‘type c’ deadly Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) which has claimed thousands of lives since the outbreak in 2016. The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Oyewole disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council weekly meeting in Abuja. He said that there has been no polio case recorded for the year 2017 while cholera outbreak in Kwara State has fizzled out

June 28, 2017
ChannelsTV

Pakistan made tremendous progress in eradication of polio: Saira

Pakistan’s Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination said Pakistan has made tremendous progress in eradicating polio with the lowest ever case count last year and only two cases so far this year. The Minister said they are carrying out aggressive surveillance for polio and established 53 environmental sampling sites – the biggest surveillance network in the world

May 21, 2017
Daily Times

Two billion people drinking contaminated water: WHO

Maria Neira, head of WHO’s public health department, said “today, almost two billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.” Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from drinking contaminated water. WHO is urging the international community to invest to provide universal access to safe drinking water

April 13, 2017
New Vision
April 14, 2017
The Nation, Hindustan Times
April 15, 2017
Sunday Times

Polio in Afghanistan 'Americans bomb our children daily, why would they care?'

After being denied access by the Taliban for 15 months, health workers resumed a vaccination campaign agaianst polio in parts of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan. Days before the Taliban allowed vaccinators access, a 14-month old girl in Kunduz was found to have been paralysed by polio. Until the inoculation was blocked the disease had been all but eradicated in Afghanistan

April 10, 2017
Guardian, El Diario