Endemic countries, Social mobilization, Vaccination campaigns
Pakistan Polio Update – September 2017
Update on polio eradication efforts in Pakistan for September 2017
The Pakistan polio snapshot gives a monthly update on key information and activities of the polio eradication initiative in Pakistan.
September updates include:
- No new cases of polio reported since the August update – the total for 2017 is five
- The first country-wide immunization campaign of the current low season for poliovirus transmission took place – 38 million children under 5 years were vaccinated.
- According to independent post-campaign monitoring, the September National Immunization Days has been one of the best campaigns this year.
- The September campaign set the foundation for eradicating the virus from the last remaining areas of Pakistan.
With families on the move posing one of the biggest challenges to eradication in Pakistan, an innovative campaign is vaccinating children on trains.
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Michel Zaffran, Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization, spoke to Gavi about the difficulties in vaccinating every child and what the success of the polio eradication programme means for our work to tackle other diseases.
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