Posted by Kees van der Pol on Jul 29, 2019
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  • UAE’s Recognizing Excellence Around Champions of Health (REACH) Awards to honor individuals working for disease elimination is open for nominations till 4 August 2019. REACH Awards will announce three unsung heroes in disease elimination at the UAE’s Reaching the Last Mile Forum, where the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will hold a pledging event to raise critical funding for the final push against polio. Do you know of an “unsung hero” of polio eradication? Nominate them here.
  Afghanistan: 
  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported in the past week. There are 11 WPV1 cases reported in 2019 from Afghanistan. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2018 remains 21.
  • No WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week.
  • Read the latest polio update from Afghanistan to see information on cases, surveillance and vaccination campaigns.
 Pakistan:
  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported in the past week. There are 45 total number of WPV1 cases in 2019.
  • Three WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week: one each from Quetta and Pishin districts in Balochistan province; one from S.I.T.E in Karachi district, Sindh province. The samples were collected between 1-3 July 2019.
  • Read the latest polio update from Pakistan to see information on cases, surveillance and vaccination campaigns.
  Nigeria:
  • No cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 have been reported in the past week. There are 12 cVDPV2 cases reported in 2019 so far. The total number of cVDPV2 cases in 2018 remains 34.
  • Two positive environmental samples were reported in the past week from Maidaguri, Borno State. The samples were both collected on 25 June 2019.
  • Recent confirmation of spread of one of the cVDPV2 outbreaks, both within Nigeria and internationally, underscores the urgent need to fill remaining vaccination gaps in the ongoing outbreak response, and to optimize the geographic extent and operational quality of mOPV2 response.
  • Read our Nigeria country page to see information on surveillance and vaccination campaigns