Polio this week as of 1 March 2023

Headlines:

• The European Polio Conference will be held on 25-27 May in Nancy, France. Organized by Polio-France in cooperation with the European Polio Union (EPU), the conference is aimed at people with polio and post-polio syndrome from all over the world, as well as health professionals concerned with the management of polio and post-polio syndrome. Registration details and further information available here.

• The United Nations Foundation has released a new report: “Leveraging CSO Contributions to Advance Polio Transition and Integration Efforts in the African Region”. The report highlights the critical role of civil society in advancing polio transition and integration efforts in Africa and outlines key recommendations for how to expand and enhance the contributions of civil society to this crucial work.

Summary of new polioviruses this week:

• Algeria: two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples

• Benin: one cVDPV2 case

• Botswana: two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples

• Cameroon: one cVDPV2 case

• Congo: one cVDPV1 case

• DRC: 13 cVDPV1 cases, eight cVDPV2 cases and one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample

• Malawi: one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample

• Mali: one cVDPV2 case

• Somalia: one cVDPV2 case and one positive environmental sample

• Yemen: one cVDPV2 case

Source: Global Polio Eradication Initiative