Thursday, 16 February 2017

Polio free world in 2018

Did you even know the something like this was going on? I for one, was under the impression that every year infants must be taken to doctors to get their polio vaccine and still people living in the rural regions of the world were waiting for vaccine camps.

But it seems an approach to completely eradicate polio has been going on since 2013.

In 2013 a 6-year plan was proposed to eradicate Polio entirely from the world and make the world polio free by 2018. To achieve this dream, the plan had the following objectives

  • Detect and interrupt all poliovirus transmission
  • Strengthen immunization systems and withdraw oral polio vaccine
  • Contain poliovirus and certify interruption of transmission
  • Plan polio’s legacy

So, how did the plan fare? Were the good people behind this great initiative able to achieve this? A mid-term review sheds some light in this.

  1. No Wild polio virus 3 had been found since
  2. In March 2014, the South East Asia region has been found certified as Polio free
  3. Since mid-August 2014, outbreak of world polio virus has stopped
  4. Successful implementation of Inactivated Polio Vaccine along with Oral Polio Vaccine in areas with most security challenges
  5. The Polio emergency Operation Centre acted immediately during the outbreak of Ebola in Africa to prevent it from spreading

There have been some roadblocks in the process like the outbreak of Ebola diverting the focus and Conflicts and security issues in areas like Africa and Middle East but the attempt to achieve a Polio Free world in 2018 continues and to ensure that the following steps were introduced

  1. Increased surveillance capacity and quality
  2. Improve SIA quality with focus on missed children
  3. Increase the global capacity to prepare for an outbreak or have an aggressive response team ready

The world needs to know that such an attempt is being taken to prevent and completely eradicate a disease that has been destroying the life of many in the world.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.