Polio Paralyzes 2 Children in West Ukraine Outbreak

Two children in western Ukraine have been paralyzed by polio, in the first cases of the disease seen in Europe in five years, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.
Although the infections are a setback in the global drive against polio, the W.H.O.’s director of polio eradication, Dr. Hamid Jafari, said that the outbreak appeared to be small and that similar ones had been quickly snuffed out.

Deux cas de polio diagnostiqués en Ukraine

Deux enfants vivant dans le sud-ouest de l'Ukraine ont été paralysés par la polio, les tout premiers cas de cette maladie en Europe depuis 2010, a annoncé aujourd'hui l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).
La maladie est réapparue car seule la moitié des enfants ukrainiens sont immunisés aujourd'hui contre la polio, et le risque d'une propagation de la maladie en Ukraine est élevé, indique l'OMS dans son communiqué en soulignant que pour des pays voisins comme la Roumanie, la Pologne, la Hongrie et la Slovaquie, le risque apparaît faible.

Le Nigeria veut être débarrassé de la polio d’ici 2017

Le président Muhammadu Buhari a fixé comme objectif de débarrasser définitivement le Nigeria de la polio d'ici 2017 après que le dernier cas y eut été enregistré il y a plus d'un an, ont rapporté le mardi 1er septembre ses services.


East Africa: UN Sets 2018 Target to Eradicate Polio

The Horn of Africa still remains vulnerable to a polio outbreak despite most nations inching closer to eradicating the disease from the face of the earth.
According to Unicef, the countries that need close monitoring are Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Somalia, due to the high numbers of children who miss vaccination every year.

Polio, Measles drive kicks off in tribal belt

Around 1.7 million children will be administered measles and polio vaccines in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas during an ongoing immunisation drive.

Nigeria: Polio-Borne Paralysis Jumps 28 Percent in FCT

Cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in the FCT have increased by 28% this year alone, and authorities say it signals increased surveillance on poliomyelitis.
Some 292 cases of AFP were recorded in the first six months of 2015 alone, compared with a total 228 last year, according to executive secretary of the FCT's Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed.
He was speaking during the field visit of UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon to a health centre in the FCT's Area 2, Garki.

A letter from Tom Frieden on Polio Eradication

In addition to his role as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Frieden is Chair of the Polio Oversight Board. The letter, published July 31, 2015, outlines successes of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and action items moving beyond the midterm review. 
Dear Colleagues, 

The race to zero: Nigeria's fight to wipe out polio

Kano State, Nigeria (CNN)Ahmadu Kanduwa's home is just two kilometers away from the local clinic in Nigeria's northern Sumaila district -- two kilometers from the vaccine that could have prevented his son, Isa, from contradicting polio more than a year ago. It's something Kanduwa thinks about often.
"I have this thought, if he had received say five or six doses, he would have been immune from this ailment," Kanduwa said.

WHO: Pakistan, Afghanistan must step up fight against polio

GENEVA –  Pakistan and Afghanistan must intensify efforts to halt spread of the crippling poliovirus, including better screening of travelers heading abroad, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The WHO emergency committee of experts warned in a statement that vaccinations of international air travelers in Afghanistan are not being tracked "and no exit screening and restriction of unvaccinated travelers has been implemented at international airports".

La polio, ce lourd fardeau dont a hérité l’Afrique

L'Afrique est-elle en passe d'être débarrassée de la polio ? En 1995, cette maladie toucha tous les pays du continent africain, paralysant à vie plus de 75 000 enfants.
L’année suivante, Nelson Mandela lançait une nouvelle campagne : « Kick Polio Out of Africa » (Bouter la polio hors d’Afrique). Son souhait : que la polio connaisse le même sort que la seule autre maladie humaine à avoir été consignée aux manuels d’histoire, la variole. Nous sommes aujourd’hui un peu plus près de ce but.