We talk to Dr Wadood about the impact of COVID-19 on the global polio eradication effort, and how the polio infrastructure is supporting COVID response.
Dr. Hamid Jafari, Director of Polio Eradication for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, speaks to us about the actions the programme is taking to turn the tide against the poliovirus in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region.
Yared G. Yehualashet, Programme Manager for Polio Eradication at WHO Nigeria, speaks to us about the on-ground realities of the polio programme in Nigeria: partners, innovations, challenges, potential wild poliovirus certification on the horizon and more.
In Niger, a critical mass of religious leaders is helping to turn the tide against vaccine refusals. Support from traditional and religious leaders is bringing an attitudinal shift, building community acceptance and increased vaccination coverage.
To reach every last child, health workers sometimes travel on motorcycles and walk for hours to deliver the all-important life-saving vaccines. On the frontlines of the polio programme, health workers protect millions of children.
Polioviruses will be kept after eradication in a limited number of laboratories and vaccine manufacturing facilities worldwide. Containment of these viruses will be critical to maintaining a polio-free world.
Ticky Esoh Ebongue, Business Analysist for Polio Eradication at WHO in Geneva, speaks to us about the importance of transparent and accountable financial management, which helps both donors and countries in their strategic planning.
An animation explaining the relations between gender and polio eradication
Gender Analyst Sini Ramo talks about the relations between gender and polio eradication
Polio is a crippling disease still endemic in Afghanistan. However, the country is closer than ever to stopping transmission.
Dr Nicksy Gumede-Moeletsi, senior virologist for polio eradication at WHO’s Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, speaks to us about how genetic analysis of isolated polioviruses is helping strategically drive the continent’s eradication effort.
Dr Mohammad Al Safadi, Technical Officer for Polio Outbreak Preparedness and Response, WHO HQ, talks to us about the tactics and strategies used to successfully stop an outbreak in Syria in 2017/18.
Dr Zubair Wadood, senior polio epidemiologist and technical expert at WHO, speaks to us about the remaining operational challenges to reaching every last child with polio vaccine.
We speak to Dr Arlene King, Chair of the RCC for the Americas, and GCC Containment Working Group, about the vital importance of safe and secure containment of polioviruses and the risk and responsibility that come with retaining the pathogen.