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Global polio eradication : reaching every last child
  • Published Date:
    February 17, 2015
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office of the Associate Director for Communication. ; Center for Global Health (U.S.). Global Immunization Division. Polio Eradication Branch. ; National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (U.S.). Division of Viral Diseases. Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch.
  • Description:
    Polio eradication in the emergency phase [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Gregory L. Armstrong, p. 2-16] -- The Global Polio Laboratory Network-continuous innovation and quality control [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by M. Steven Oberste , p. 17-27] -- Progress on polio eradication: strategies and innovations in Nigeria [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Faisal Shuaib, p. 28-50] -- Public health amidst insecurity : Pakistan’s polio eradication initiative [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Elias Durry, p. 51-77].

    Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s spinal cord, causing life-long paralysis or in rare instances, death. The eradication of polio remains an important priority for the CDC and many of its global partners. Over the past 25 years, the number of polio cases reported worldwide has fallen from an estimated 350,000 in 1988 to only 407 in 2013—a decline of more than 99%, but there remains work to be done.

    Currently, four regions of the world (the Americas, Europe, South East Asia and the Western Pacific) are certified polio free, but in a small number of countries the spread of this disease has never stopped, putting all the countries of the world at risk. Polio has no cure, making vaccination the only way to eradicate it. However, continued conflict, political instability, hard-to-reach populations, and attempts to ban vaccination in some areas continue to pose complex challenges and threaten to derail decades of work.

    Please join us for this session of Grand Rounds as we investigate the efforts of those fighting against polio. Specifically, this session will highlight innovative strategies being used in countries affected by insecurity to accelerate immunization and surveillance efforts to ultimately reach every last child and make the world polio free.

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 1pm EST.

    Presented by: Gregory L. Armstrong, MD, Chief, Polio Eradication Branch, Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health, CDC [“Polio Eradication in the Emergency Phase”]; M. Steven Oberste, PhD, Chief, Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch, Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC [“The Global Polio Laboratory Network—Continuous Innovation and Quality Control”]; Faisal Shuaib, MD, DrPH, Deputy Incident Manager for Polio, Polio Emergency Operations Center, Abuja, Nigeria [“Progress on Polio Eradication: Strategies and Innovations in Nigeria”]; Elias Durry, MD, MPH, Senior Emergency Coordinator for Polio Eradication in Pakistan, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, World Health Organization [“Public Health Amidst Insecurity: Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Initiative”].

    Facilitated by: John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds; Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds; Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds.

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