Outbreak response, Social mobilization, Vaccination campaigns, Vaccines
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Outbreak response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In a complex environment, partners of the polio programme are working to vaccinate every child.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, emergency response has been ongoing since 2017 to overcome outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, caused by low rates of routine immunization. In the battle to close the outbreak, health workers, partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Governors of affected provinces, and the Ministry of Health are working together to vaccinate every child. In a context with weak health systems and other high-profile health and humanitarian emergencies, these united efforts are crucial to boost population health and keep all young children safe from paralysis.
A year since Malawi confirmed its first case of WPV1 in 30 years, more than 33 million children across five southern African countries have been vaccinated against the virus, with over 80 million vaccine doses administered over the past year
Qatar, supported by WHO, ramps up surveillance for polio during the FIFA World Cup 2022
The Republic of Sudan closed a polio outbreak on 15 September 2022. It had paralyzed 58 children across 42 districts before it stopped circulating.
New guidance anticipated to quicken progress in achieving necessary safeguards
World Health Assembly challenged to take urgent action before window of opportunity closes to eradicate polio; tackle cVDPVs with same urgency as WPVs
The support of community leaders and influencers is crucial in motivating parents and caregivers to vaccinate their children against polio