Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), Outbreak countries, Outbreak response
What it took to draw a line under a polio outbreak in Sudan
The Republic of Sudan closed a polio outbreak on 15 September 2022. It had paralyzed 58 children across 42 districts before it stopped circulating.
This two-year old outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) type 2 began after the virus was imported from neighbouring Chad.
Click on the photo gallery to see what it took to close the outbreak.
A success story for public health despite extreme challenges of war
Since the Republic of Congo first confirmed a case of cVDPV1 in March 2023 (the first such detection in more than two decades), the country has been pioneering the deployment of Geospatial Tracking Systems (GTS) to help curb further transmission.
At the earliest signs of the ongoing conflict in Sudan, in the middle of April, WHO’s country team sprang into action. After all, conflict and infectious diseases are known to be comrades.
Kinshasa, 7 July 2023
Twenty years ago, Thongbotho Mphoyakgosi, wanted to be a social worker. “But fate had me here,” she laughs, as she gestures to her surroundings at the National Health Laboratory, in Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone.
60-year-old Raquelina Mazuze is proud of her contribution to the fight against polio as a social mobilizer in her native Mozambique.