August 06, 2022
Yemen, Dr Mutahar Ahmed leads the country’s AFP surveillance efforts

polio surveillance has never been more important

Aug 6, 2022 | Polio Eradication Update | 0 comments

What is that Polio Picture? Polio Surveillance Has Never Been More Important – In Yemen, Dr Mutahar Ahmed leads the country’s acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance efforts, which are vital to tracking Poliovirus transmission. Despite long-running conflict, a critical humanitarian situation and a cVDPV2 outbreak, wide-reaching AFP surveillance in Yemen tells a promising story where health workers are able to detect polio spread and inform response tactics. Along with strong surveillance systems, vaccination campaigns, like continued nationwide campaigns in Afghanistan, are crucial in order to stop all forms of polio everywhere.

WHO thanks the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation approved PolioPlus grants totaling almost US$ 22.5 million at their June 2022 meeting, in support of technical assistance to the African Region, Pakistan operations, global outbreak response, and research projects in the UK and Nigeria.

 A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!

2022 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total – 235 Afghanistan – 43, Algeria – 1, Benin – 2 (3 in 2021), Chad – 9 (0 in 2021), DR Congo – 64 (28 in 2021), Eritrea – 1, Ghana – 1, Israel – 1, Madagascar – 8 (13 in 2021), Mozambique – 1 (2 in 2021), Niger – 8 (18 in 2021), Nigeria – 30 (415 in 2021), Pakistan – 8, Somalia – 2 (1 in 2021), Togo – 1, Yemen – 54 (69 in 2021)

New Polio Cases & Samples This WeekMadagascar – 27 cVDPV1 Samples, Nigeria – 1 cVDPV2 Sample, Pakistan – 1 WPV1 Case.

2021 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases -689 in 22 Countries.

2020 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 1,113 in 26 countries in 2020.

Quote of the Day

You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.

David Foster Wallace from “Infinite Jest”

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:




as of 8/5/2022

0 new Polio cases were reported this week.
14 Wild Polio cases – 2022 (1 Wild Polio case, 2021). The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 7/1/22.
84 Wild Polio cases – 2020.
1 WPV1 or cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan.




as of 8/5/2022

0 new Polio cases reported this week.
1 Wild Polio case – 2022, (4 Wild Polio cases, 2021). The most recent cases had an onset of paralysis on 1/11/22.
56 Wild Polio cases – 2020.
0 WPV1 & CVDPV2-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.

Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!

Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 36

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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