Endemic countries, Eradication, Outbreak countries
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia
2022 EMR-MENA Polio Outbreaks and Events at a Glance
This snapshot shows all polio events and outbreaks that occurred/were ongoing in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) in 2022
At WHO Executive Board, experts discuss concrete ways to tackle last remaining polio strong-holds
16 January 2023
Integrating polio eradication expertise and infrastructure is critical to keep Syria polio-free, strengthen essential immunization and detect and respond to future disease outbreaks.
This is the target year for interrupting all remaining poliovirus transmission globally, both in the remaining endemic countries and in outbreak settings.
Dr Hamid Jafari, Director of Polio for the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, reflects on his time eradicating polio in India and what lessons we can take from this to address the final challenges for achieving eradication in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
When a mother brought her young son to a clinic in Paghman, a town not far from the Afghan capital Kabul, Spogmai, a nurse on duty at the time, paid special attention.