Somalia:  Call to Action Meeting for Polio Outbreak Response

Somalia: Call to Action Meeting for Polio Outbreak Response

No new Wild Polio case was reported this week.

What is that Polio Picture? On March 21, the Federal Government of Somalia, the World Health Organization (WHO), and members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) recommitted to stopping the ongoing outbreak of circulating poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in Somalia at a three-day meeting convened in Nairobi, Kenya. High-level delegates at the meeting included HE Fawziya Abikar Nur, Federal Minister of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik, WHO Representative to Somalia and Head of Mission, alongside senior representation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rotary International, Save the Children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and other UN agencies and partners.

Together, the Government and GPEI partners, which include WHO, UNICEF, the BMGF, CDC, Rotary International, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, and other key partners endorsed the Somalia Polio Eradication Action Plan 2022 to reaffirm their commitment.

The Somalia Polio Eradication Action Plan 2022 outlines a four-point call to action to stop the spread of the current outbreak, which is one of the longest-lasting cVDPV2 outbreaks to be reported so far.

SAGE April 2022 – Convening this month in Geneva, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), the global advisory body to the World Health Organization (WHO) on all things immunization, urged concerted action to finish wild polioviruses once and for all.

The group, reviewing the global wild poliovirus epidemiology, highlighted the unique opportunity, given current record low levels of this strain. At the same time, it noted the continuing risks, highlighted in particular by the detection of wild poliovirus in Malawi in February, linked to wild poliovirus originating in Pakistan.

On circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) outbreaks, SAGE expressed concern at continuing transmission, in particular in Nigeria which now accounts for close to 90% of all global cVDPV type 2 cases, as well as the situation in Ukraine, and its disruption to health services, urging for strengthening of immunization and surveillance across Europe.  It also noted the recent detection of cVDPV type 3 in Israel in children, and in environmental samples in occupied Palestinian territories, urged high-quality vaccination activities, and strengthened surveillance.

Preparing for the post-certification era, the group underscored the importance of global cessation of all live, attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) use from routine immunization, planned one year after global certification of wild poliovirus eradication.  To ensure appropriate planning, coordination, and implementation, the group endorsed the establishment of an ‘OPV Cessation Team’, to consist of wider-than-GPEI stakeholder participation and ensure leadership on all aspects of OPV cessation.

Ukraine

Rotarians have two weeks to support a unique opportunity to help the over three million refugees fleeing their homes in Ukraine due to the proximity of Rotary Clubs in and around the borders of Ukraine.

All Rotarians are encouraged to donate to The Rotary Foundation’s Ukraine Disaster Response Fund between now and April 30, 2022.  Donate at https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund 

Rotary statement on the effect of the continuing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and on polio eradication efforts.

 A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!

2022 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total – 34. DR Congo – 16 (28 in 2021), Israel – 1, Madagascar – 1 (12 in 2021), Nigeria – 15 (415 in 2021), Somalia – 1 (1 in 2021).

2021 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 659 – Afghanistan – 43 (308 in 2020), Angola – 0 (3 in 2020),Benin – 2 (3 in 2020), Burkina Faso – 1 (65 in 2020), Cameroon – 3 (7 in 2020), CAR – 0 (4 in 2020), Chad – 0 (99 in 2020), Congo – 2 (2 in 2020), Cote d’ Ivoire – 0 (64 in 2020), DR Congo – 28 (81 in 2020), Ethiopia – 10 (36 in 2020), Ghana – 0 (11 in 2020), Guinea – 6 (44 in 2020), Guinea Bissau – 3 (0 on 2020), Liberia – 3 (0 in 2020),Madagascar – 13 (2 in 2020), Mali – 0 (52 in 2020), Malaysia – 0 (1 in 2020), Mozambique – 2, Niger – 17 (10 in 2020), Nigeria – 415 (8 in 2020), Pakistan – 8 (135 in 2020), Philippines – 0 (1 in 2020), Senegal  – 17 (0 in 2020) ,Sierra Leone – 5 (10 in 2020), Somalia – 1 (14 in 2020), South Sudan – 9 (50 in 2020), Sudan – 0 (58 in 2020), Tajikistan – 32 (1 in 2020), Togo – 0 (9 in 2020), Ukraine – 2 (0 in 2020), and Yemen – 32 cVDPV2 + 3 cVDPV1 (33 in 2020).

New This WeekIsrael – 4 cVDPV3 Samples, Nigeria – 1 cVDPV2 Case + 4 cVDPV2 Samples.

A total of 1,110 Vaccine Derived Polio cases were reported in 26 countries in 2020.

Quote of the Day

If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.

— from “Colors of the Wind. POCAHONTAS”

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:

Pakistan

 

 

0 new Polio cases were reported this week.
0 Wild Polio cases – 2022 (1 Wild Polio case, 2021). The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 1/27/21.
84 Wild Polio cases – 2020. No WPV1 or cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan.

Afghanistan

 

 

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.  No WPV1 & CVDPV2-Positive Environmental Sample were reported this week in Afghanistan.

Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!

Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 36

Polio Surveillance activities in Mogadishu, Somalia

Polio Surveillance activities in Mogadishu, Somalia

What is that Polio Picture? This picture shows Polio Surveillance activities in Mogadishu, Somalia.  Surveillance is critical to assure the eradication of the Poliovirus in a community.

 A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!

How Many Children have we saved from the paralysis of Polio?
That number has now reached 20 Million! That’s a number to celebrate and to share!

2021 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 94Afghanistan – 38 (308 in 2020), Angola – 0 (3 in 2020),Benin – 1 (3 in 2020), Burkina Faso – 1 (62 in 2020), Cameroon – 0 (7 in 2020), CAR – 0 (4 in 2020), Chad – 0 (99 in 2020), Congo – 2 (2 in 2020), Cote d’ Ivoire – 0 (72 in 2020), DRC – 7 (81 in 2020), Ethiopia – 0 (26 in 2020), Ghana – 0 (11 in 2020), Guinea – 5 (44 in 2020), Liberia – 2 (0 in 2020),Madagascar – 4 (2 in 2020), Mali – 0 (48 in 2020), Malaysia – 0 (1 in 2020),  Niger – 0 (8 in 2020), Nigeria – 6 (8 in 2020), Pakistan – 7 (135 in 2020), Philippines – 0 (1 in 2020), Senegal  – 4 (0 in 2020) ,Sierra Leone – 4 (10 in 2020), Somalia – 0 (13 in 2020), South Sudan – 6 (50 in 2020), Sudan – 0 (58 in 2020), Tajikistan – 6 (1 in 2020), Togo – 0 (9 in 2020), and Yemen – 2 (33 in 2020).

A total of 1,087 Vaccine Derived Polio cases were reported in 26 countries in 2020.

Quote of the Day

“Rotary is the heart and soul of Polio eradication.” – Bill Gates, Jr 

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:

Pakistan

 

 

0 new Polio cases reported this week.
1 Wild Polio cases – 2021. The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 1/27/21.
84 Wild Polio cases – 2020.  One WPV1 & CVDPV2 Positive Environmental Sample was reported this week in Pakistan.

Afghanistan

 

 

0 new Polio cases reported this past week.
1 Wild Polio case – 2021. The most recent cases had an onset of paralysis on 1/1/21.
56 Wild Polio cases – 2020.  No 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

Somali children waiting for their Polio vaccinations

Somali children waiting for their Polio vaccinations

What is that Polio Picture? This picture shows Somali children waiting for their Polio vaccinations.

Dr Hamid Jafari, Director of Polio Eradication for WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, recently declared Somalia’s outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 3 (cVDPV3) closed a full 28 months after this strain of polio was last detected in Somalia.

Seven children were paralyzed by the type 3 strain in the 2018 outbreak, and sewage samples regularly monitored for poliovirus tested positive for cVDPV3 a dozen times, beginning March 2018. There is no doubt that the virus circulated widely around southern and central Somalia. Despite extensive disease surveillance measures, no cVDPV3 has been identified since 7 September 2018, when the last child developed paralysis.

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A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!

How Many Children have we saved from the paralysis of Polio?
That number has now reached 20 Million! That’s a number to celebrate and to share!

2021 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 64Afghanistan – 32 (308 in 2020), Angola – 0 (3 in 2020),Benin – 0 (3 in 2020), Burkina Faso – 0 (61 in 2020), Cameroon – 0 (7 in 2020), CAR – 0 (4 in 2020), Chad – 0 (99 in 2020), Congo – 1 (2 in 2020), Cote d’ Ivoire – 0 (72 in 2020), DRC – 1 (81 in 2020), Ethiopia – 0 (26 in 2020), Ghana – 0 (11 in 2020), Guinea – 5 (44 in 2020), Mali – 0 (45 in 2020), Malaysia – 0 (1 in 2020),  Niger – 0 (8 in 2020), Nigeria – 3 (8 in 2020), Pakistan – 6 (135 in 2020), Philippines – 0 (1 in 2020), Senegal  – 3 (0 in 2020) ,Sierra Leone – 2 (9 in 2020), Somalia – 0 (13 in 2020), South Sudan – 0 (54 in 2020), Sudan – 0 (58 in 2020), Tajikistan – 5 (1 in 2020), Togo – 0 (9 in 2020), and Yemen – 0 (33 in 2020).

A total of 1,077 Vaccine Derived Polio cases were reported in 26 countries in 2020.

Quote of the Day

Baseball is a lot like life.  The line drives are caught and the squibbers go for base hits.  It’s an unfair game..” Rod Kanehl, Mets Infielder 1962-64

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:

Pakistan

 

 

0 new Polio cases reported this week.
1 Wild Polio cases – 2021. The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 1/27/21.
84 Wild Polio cases – 2020.  Four WPV1 & CVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan.

Afghanistan

 

 

0 new Polio cases reported this past week.
1 Wild Polio case – 2021. The most recent cases had an onset of paralysis on 1/1/21.
56 Wild Polio cases – 2020.  Three 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

Immunizers in Somalia conducted integrated vaccinations

Immunizers in Somalia conducted integrated vaccinations

Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,

 

Four new Wild Polio cases reported this week.

What is that Polio Picture?  This picture shows the beauty of a vaccinated child.  There is still time to make your personal Polio donation and to organize a virtual or in person World Polio Day Event for your club or community.  l made a donation to PolioPlus this week in honor of World Polio Day.  Will you please join me?

Let’s Take Action!  World Polio Day – October 24

A polio-free world is possible, but we can achieve it only by taking action together. With the challenges to vaccination programs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more crucial that Rotary continues to build awareness and raise funds for polio eradication.

Join the effort to vaccinate children and end polio by organizing a World Polio Day event for your club and community. In 2019, Rotary members held more than 5,900 events in 136 countries. This year, online events and activities will allow us to expand our reach even more and inspire others to join us.

Pakistan announced last week that 39 million children were vaccinated by 8,150 vaccination teams – including 699,762 zero dose children – in the five day Polio vaccination/Covid education campaign ending 10/25/20.

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day was a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases.

Now that we are down to the Final Two Polio Endemic Countries – I will be listing Sixteen Reasons We need to End Polio in Pakistan (from Dawn.com):  # 8. If not taken seriously, the polio situation will get worse in 2020.  Even before the Covid pandemic struck, there were signs that 2020 was going to be hard year for polio in Pakistan.  As the fight goes on against Covid, we must also continue to give due attention to the Polio eradication effort.

A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!

How Many Children have we saved from the paralysis of Polio?
That number has now reached 20 Million! That’s a number to celebrate and to share!

Vaccine Derived Polio Cases –   436  Vaccine Derived Polio Cases reported in 2020:  Afghanistan – 87 (0 in 2019), Angola – 3 (129 in 2019), Benin – 1 (8 in 2019), Burkina Faso – 10 (1 in 2019), Cameroon – 5 (0 in 2019), CAR – 2 (21 in 2019),Chad 69 ((10 in 2019),China – 0 (1 In 2019),    Cote d’ Ivoire 33 (0 in 2019),DRC – 56 (86 in 2019),Ethiopia – 16 (11 in 2019),Ghana – 11 (18 in 2019), Guinea – 29 (0 in 2019), Mali – 5, Malaysia – 1 (3 in 2019), Myanmar – 0 (6 in 2019),  Niger – 8 (1 in 2019),Nigeria – 1 (18 in 2019),Pakistan – 64 (22 in 2019), Papua New Guinea – 0 (0 in 2019). Philippines – 1 (16 in 2019),  Somalia – 19 (3 in 2019), South Sudan – 3 (0 in 2019), Sudan – 3, Togo – 9 (8 in 2019), Zambia – 0 (2 in 2019).

361 Vaccine Derived Polio cases were reported in 2019.

Quote of the Day

“Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.”  George Washington

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:

 

Pakistan

 

 

3 new Polio cases reported this week.
79 Wild Polio cases – 2020. The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 9/10/20.
147 Wild Polio cases – 2019. Three Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan.

Afghanistan

 

 

1 new Polio cases reported this past week.
53 Wild Polio cases – 2020. The most recent cases had an onset of paralysis on 9/13/20.
29 Wild Polio cases – 2019. No Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.

Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!

Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 26