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Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa Countries: 18th Meeting Report

Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa Countries: 18th Meeting Report

Publication Date
Friday, December 14, 2018

"In view of the ongoing outbreaks and risks, GPEI [Global Polio Eradication Initiative] should continue regular communication and advocacy with the Ministries of Health to ensure all necessary efforts are made until the current outbreaks are stopped."

The 18th meeting of the Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (HoA TAG) was held from November 27-29 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya; this report offers details about the discussion. Since the group's last meeting in May 2018 (see Related Summaries, below), the HoA implemented a response to ongoing outbreaks (OBs) of circulating Vaccine Derived Poliovirus Type 2 (cVDPV2) and Type 3 (cVDPV3) in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. The TAG stresses that several countries across the HoA remain at high risk of development or importation of cVDPVs due to serious gaps in immunity and surveillance.

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GPEI website, November 19 2019. Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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