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Special Issue - World Polio Day 24 October
 

Dear polio eradication supporter,


 
Welcome to the World Polio Day special.

 
Since this time last year, India has been taken off the list of countries with active wild poliovirus transmission. Polio now stalks children among the most marginalized communities of just three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
 
Be part of the day and help end polio: join the world’s biggest commercial or download an action pack.

   
                          


In this issue...

Marking World Polio Day
The time is now, say world leaders

"Keep on rockin' in the (polio)-free world"
IMB meets in London



 

Vaccinators row through recent floods in Punjab, Pakistan to reach children. WHO/Navin

Marking World Polio Day

Eradication efforts are at a pivotal point, and the three countries and the partners supporting them are all in emergency mode.

A massive surge of human resources – over 4000 people – has been deployed to assist the countries, but local ownership is at the heart of these efforts:

• Traditional leaders take part in the selection of vaccinators in Nigeria.
• ‘Permanent’ polio vaccination. teams operate in insecure parts of Afghanistan to ensure children can be vaccinated regardless of who controls the area.
• Vaccinators are paid directly in Pakistan, creating both recognition and accountability.
• In each country, the overall administration – not the health sector alone – is accountable for reaching every child in the area with vaccine.
• A single focal point, a polio ‘tsar’, reports on the country’s progress to the head of state in all three countries.

These are just some of the final steps to help us reach a future without the need for a World Polio Day. More 

 


The time is now, say world leaders

 

“This decisive moment is a matter of health and justice. Every child should have the right to start life with equal protection from this disease. That’s why I have made eradicating polio a top priority for my second term as Secretary-General:” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a high-level event at the UN General Assembly. More


“Keep on rockin’ in the (polio)-free world”
15 million people watched online last month as renowned music stars Neil Young, Foo Fighters and The Black Keys played at the Global Citizen Festival to galvanize public movement on goals  such as polio eradication. “Keep on rockin’ in the (polio)-free world,” urged Rotary International’s General Secretary.


 

IMB meets in London

The next Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) meeting will be held in London, United Kingdom on 29-30 October 2012.  During its deliberations, the IMB will review latest status of the global polio eradication effort and progress and challenges associated with implementing national polio emergency action plans.  The IMB’s report is anticipated to be finalized in November.  
 

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