Ask the expert about Syria’s polio outbreak

Cautious optimism in the air

20150109_Syria
A child receives the polio vaccine at a Health Care Centre in Damascus, Syria. © UNICEF Syria/2013/ Omar Sanadiki

Syria is fast approaching a year without a case of polio, following major outbreak response activities in the country, even in the midst of a severe humanitarian crisis, and across the region. Health administrators and workers in all parts of Syria, across conflict lines, are fully focused on making sure that every case of polio is detected. As long as polio is endemic in Pakistan, which has major migration and trade relations with the Middle East, countries in the region remain vigilant about polio transmission and plan to continue mass vaccination activities to protect their children.

Find out more about the current situation in Syria by following a live interview with Chris Maher, Manager for Polio Eradication and Emergency Support , at 1400 Eastern Standard Time (1900 GMT). The video will also be available afterwards at the same link.

Ask a question to the reporter ahead of or during the interview by tweeting @devindthorpe.

Related


Related News

   10/01/2019
Endemic countries, WHO and partners are committed to eradicate polio
   21/12/2018
Over 140 public health experts from 22 countries gather at the 6th Regional Meeting on Polio in Guatemala
   20/12/2018
In the Horn of Africa polio outbreak, immunization efforts are focusing on a group known as “special populations”.
   19/12/2018
Early analysis of campaign data points to a successful vaccination round in a polio-free country at risk of possible importation.
   17/12/2018
Jean-Marc Olivé, Chairman of the Technical Advisory Group, reflects on what needs to be done to end polio in the Horn of Africa.
   14/12/2018
To truly ensure no child is left behind, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is reaching out to some of the most remote communities in the world.