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Polio Update

 
 
Dear Polio Eradication Champions, The Good News- Only 3 Polio cases were reported in the 4 Endemic PAIN (Pakistan-Afghanistan-India-Nigeria) countries this week. See the attached Update for the complete case report.
Dear Polio Eradication Champions,

The Good News-

Only 3 Polio cases were reported in the 4 Endemic PAIN (Pakistan-Afghanistan-India-Nigeria) countries this week. See the attached Update for the complete case report.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, traveled to Nigeria this week to meet with political and traditional leaders, including President Goodluck Jonathan and state governors. Mr. Gates applauded the tremendous efforts being undertaken in Nigeria to eradicate polio, and highlighted these efforts needed to continue to finish the disease once and for all.

The Tajikistan outbreak appears to have peaked - but see below-

The Bad News-

One Hundred Eighty-Three - Polio cases have now been identified in Tajikistan. At least 456 additional cases of acute flaccid paralysis are awaiting laboratory confirmation to determine if they were all caused by the Polio Virus.

What will the Future Hold?

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative Strategic Plan 2010-2012 To create momentum around the full implementation and financing of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative Strategic Plan 2010-2012, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake will host a stakeholder event on 18 June in Geneva, Switzerland.

The primary objectives of the event are to consolidate financial commitments and to provide a venue for polio-affected countries to demonstrate their commitment to meeting the strategic plan milestones.

Achieving the milestones outlined in the Strategic Plan 2010-2012 will require – in addition to full ownership and engagement of the political leadership at all levels in the remaining polio-infected countries – the continued support of the international development community to rapidly make available the necessary financial resources.

The Strategic Plan 2010-12 comes at a time when remarkable progress has been made in areas where poliovirus was once entrenched. Ironically, insufficient financing now threatens this global effort. Against a core donor-approved US$ 2.6 billion budget through 2012, the Initiative faces a US$ 1.3 billion funding gap. Of note, the number of donors to the GPEI has dropped from 47 in 2004-05 to just 22 so far for 2010-11.

Failure to meet the financial requirements of eradication has human consequences, in terms of children paralyzed for life by a disease which is entirely vaccine-preventable, as well as the economic consequences of ongoing supplementary immunization in perpetuity in order to maintain the current number of cases. But most compelling are the ethical consequences: failing to protect future generations when the tools are available to do so. - from the WHO

Terry Ziegler