August 27, 2022
Polio Surveillance is critical in Afghanistan

Polio Surveillance is critical in Afghanistan

Aug 27, 2022 | Polio Eradication Update | 0 comments

What is that Polio Picture? Polio Surveillance is critical in Afghanistan – Diary of a polio surveillance reviewer: eight days in Afghanistan’s west. Dr Abdinoor Mohamed, an epidemiologist tells us about his team’s travel to Afghanistan to review the country’s polio surveillance system, visiting 67 districts in 25 of the country’s 34 provinces.  Read the article here –    

Polio New York – “If there’s any upside to the emergency, it may be that it has brought Polio’s persistent threat and unpredictable risks back into the consciousness of people in rich nations. For the international campaign to end the disease, that can only be good. The campaign is a shared effort of the CDC, World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and millions of volunteers from the service organization Rotary International. Since last year it has been rolling out a reworked OPV, just for type 2, that is less likely to cause mutations. Even with those sponsors, though, the campaign is chronically short of money. Fresh awareness might change that.”

“The detections in London and New York have already brought increased attention to polio and VDPVs,” or vaccine-derived polioviruses, says Carol Pandak, an epidemiologist and global health expert director of Rotary’s PolioPlus program. “They also highlight the urgency of stopping both wild and vaccine-derived polio, as many more people now understand that VDPVs can cause paralysis just like the wild poliovirus. They are stark reminders that as long as polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere.”

From Maryn McKenna is a senior writer at WIRED

 A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!

2022 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total – 294  Afghanistan – 43, Algeria – 1, Benin – 2 (3 in 2021), Chad – 14 (0 in 2021), DR Congo – 73 (28 in 2021), Eritrea – 1, Ghana – 1, Israel – 1, Madagascar – 8 (13 in 2021), Mozambique – 2 (2 in 2021), Niger – 10 (18 in 2021), Nigeria – 33 (415 in 2021), Pakistan – 8, Somalia – 3 (1 in 2021), Togo – 1, Yemen – 92 (69 in 2021).

New Polio Cases & Samples This WeekCentral African Republic – 2 cVDPV2 Samples, Chad – 5 cVDPV2 Cases, Djibouti 1- cVDPV2 Sample, Mozambique – 1 WPV1 Case, Somalia – 1 cVDPV2 Case + 1 Sample, Yemen – 10 cVDPV2 Cases.

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

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

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The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:




as of 8/26/2022

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 8/26/2022

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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