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Polio this week as of 10 April 2019

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  • The report by the Director-General World Health Organization on the eradication of poliomyelitis is online, ahead of the 72ndWorld Health Assembly scheduled for May 2019. The report summarizes the remaining challenges to a polio-free world and presents the main elements of the new GPEI Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023.

  • An Independent Outbreak Response Assessment (OBRA) took place in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on 5 April 2019. The OBRA was carried out to evaluate the quality of the response to the VDPV2 epidemic in the DRC and make the necessary recommendations to interrupt the transmission as soon as possible.

  • The Inaugural WHO Partners Forum convened in Stockholm, Sweden between 8-11 April 2019 with an aim to start a series of conversations with partners to help WHO meet the strategic goals as committed in the Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13) for 2019-2023. The two-day meeting highlighted WHO’s impact on global health, encouraged support from WHO partners to enhance the quality and quantity of resources, and take stock of the innovations and lessons learned to strengthen partnerships and financing activities. Read more here.

  • Summary of new viruses this week: Pakistan – four WPV1-positive environmental samples. See country sections below for more details.