Polio remains a public health emergency
So close to ending polio for good, it is more important than ever to maintain momentum against the virus. WHO’s emergency committee affirmed this need for urgency last week by announcing that the risk of international spread of poliovirus remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The committee’s experts cited complacency as the biggest risk, and added continuing challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the spread of VDPVs as key factors in their decision. They warned that without strong efforts, polio could return to paralyze 200 000-300 000 children every year. The committee urged donors, partners, and affected countries to marshal even greater political and financial will to finish polio once and for all. Read more about this important decision.