Update: Polio this week -As of 29 Aug 2012
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Remembering our colleagues in Nigeria: 26 August marked one year since a devastating explosion hit UN House in Abuja, Nigeria, where WHO, UNICEF and other UN organizations were based. This week, we remember our polio colleagues who gave their lives during this attack: Mr Johnson Awotunde, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist UNICEF; Mr Ahmed Abiodun Adewale-Kareem, Logistician UNICEF; Mr Fred Willis, Logistician UNICEF; Dr Edward Dede, National Professional Officer for Routine Immunization WHO; Musa Ali, Engineer and Zonal Logistics Assistant for the North West Zone WHO; and, Prince Abraham A Osunsanya, Administration of Immunization Programmes WHO. In total, the explosion claimed the lives of 23 people and injured many more. This event was a tragic example of the dangerous conditions in which our colleagues are frequently working under, in their efforts to protect children everywhere from polio.
Five new cases were reported in the past week (four WPV1s from Katsina and one WPV3 from Yobe), bringing the total number of cases for 2012 to 77. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 28 July (WPV1 from Katsina).
Full weekly report: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx