This month the polio programme reflects on the state of eradication efforts across Nigeria, showcasing both progress made and remaining challenges to be overcome. Individuals working across the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – from a community mobilizer to a programme manager – weigh in on what’s being done to ensure a polio-free future for Nigeria and for all of Africa.
 
In Makoko, a sprawling river town in Nigeria, Peter Idowu helps health workers navigate complex waterways, language barriers and vaccine refusals to protect local children against polio.[More]
Read more about Peter’s role as one of the
20 000 community mobilizers in Nigeria – the last polio-endemic country in Africa – working to assure parents of the safety and lifesaving benefits of the polio vaccine.
 
Mobilizing communities to protect kids from polio
Makoko is a floating water world on the coast of Lagos, Nigeria. © UNICEF/Peter Idowu
In Makoko, a sprawling river town in Nigeria, Peter Idowu helps health workers navigate complex waterways, language barriers and vaccine refusals to protect local children against polio. Read more about Peter’s role as one of the
20 000 community mobilizers in Nigeria – the last polio-endemic country in Africa – working to assure parents of the safety and lifesaving benefits of the polio vaccine. [More]
G20 leaders continue historical support for a polio-free world
Leaders at the G20 Osaka Summit 2019
© G20
G20 Leaders met in Osaka, Japan, to discuss major challenges facing the world, including the ongoing fight to end polio. The G20 Osaka Leaders’ Declaration “reaffirmed commitment to eradicate polio,” with a powerful global health agenda promoted by the Japanese Presidency. The G20 political support will help promote financing and implementation of the GPEI Endgame Strategy 2019-2023. [More]
Breaking down what it takes to kick the virus out of Nigeria
WHO Nigeria Programme Manager, Mr Yared Yehualashet interviewed by Ms Abeera Ahmed. © WHO
Tackling polio in the most populous country in Africa is an ambitious project. Check out the newest Coffee with Polio Experts episode with WHO Nigeria Programme Manager, Yared Yehualashet, to learn about Nigeria’s history of implementing innovative solutions and what the country is doing now to overcome remaining challenges to polio eradication. [More]
POLIO IN NUMBERS
 
Wild poliovirus in 2019 (2018)*
Global Total:   56 (13) 
- Afghanistan    11 (10)
- Pakistan         45 (3)
- Nigeria             0 (0)
Total WPV for 2018: Global 33
Afghanistan 21, Pakistan 12, Nigeria 0
 
Circulating Vaccine Derived Poliovirus cVDPV in 2019 (2018)*
Global Total:   43 (15) 
Angola 3 (0)
Central African Republic 4(0)
China   1 (0)
Democratic Republic of the Congo  15 (7)
Ethiopia 1 (0)
Ghana 1 (0)
Indonesia 0 ()
Mozambique   0 (0)
Myanmar 2 (0)
Niger   1 (0)
Nigeria  12 (2)
Papua New Guinea   0 (1)
Somalia (type 2) 3 (2)
Somalia (type 3) 0 (3)

Total cVDPV for 2018: Global 103
DR Congo 20, Indonesia 1, Mozambique 1, Niger 9, Nigeria 34, PNG 26, Somalia 12.

*Data as of 23 July 2019. Numbers in brackets represent data at this time in 2018.

More information: Polio this week
POLIO IN THE NEWS
Nikkei Asian Review: Japan can lead developing nations in lifting health standards

The Hill: Funding the fight against polio

BBC: Is Nigeria about to be declared polio-free?
FUNDING UPDATE
Luxembourg disbursed €500 000 to WHO as part of the final tranche of its multi-year commitment. This follows a recent GPEI partnership visit to discuss the program’s progress with key officials.

At the recent International Polio Plus Committee meeting, the Rotary Foundation Board of Trusteesapproved new grants totaling US$ 26 626 600 for: surveillance in African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions; operational support in DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria; research activities; and mOPV stockpile.

The UAE Pakistan Assistance Program has disbursed an additional US$ 8.1 million to WHO, bringing its total support in 2019 to US$ 15.5 million. These funds are part of the US$ 30 million pledged by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in 2017 at the Rotary Convention. These funds will support polio campaign operations to reach over 14 million children with the polio vaccine.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH
To reach every child, health workers in Makoko, Nigeria take any available opportunity to vaccinate children against polio – even on boats as families ferry across the village. © UNICEF/Peter Idowu