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Title: Coordination of Operation MECACAR Plus : report on the eighth meeting, Budapest, Hungary 8-10 September 2003
Authors: World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe
Language: English
Abstract: The purpose of the meeting was to review experience and progress made in achieving poliomyelitis eradication by countries during 2001-2002; to coordinate the plan of action for poliomyelitis eradication in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and in the European Region of WHO; to review the quality of acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in the participating countries; to discuss the sustainability of poliomyelitis eradication activities in countries without circulation of wild polioviruses; to brief the main partners on the efficacy of the Operation; and to discuss and finalize the strategic plan for the future development of Operation MECACAR in 2003-2005, which includes cooperation in measles control efforts and strengthening routine immunization services. The initial objective and highest priority of MECACAR has always been the interruption of wild poliovirus transmission. Much progress has been made and the WHO European Region was certified "poliomyelitis-free" in June 2002. In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, three countries remain poliomyelitis endemic, including two MECACAR countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan). In general, all MECACAR countries have achieved the defined certification quality indicators for AFP surveillance. The poliomyelitis laboratory network is functioning effectively. Routine infant immunization is the cornerstone of child health and a key element in sustaining poliomyelitis eradication and control of all vaccine-preventable diseases. The MECACAR experience has made a significant contribution towards the eradication of poliomyelitis in the two regions. A major success of MECACAR has been the effective working together of partners at all levels. The system of consultation and coordination has a potential wider benefit in the areas of strengthening routine immunization and vaccine-preventable disease control, especially of measles in the first instance. All countries are encouraged to develop and implement plans of action for measles elimination and report to the next MECACAR meeting
Description: EUR/05/5057414
29 p.
Subject: Communicable Disease Control
Immunization Programs
Epidemiologic surveillance
Eastern Mediterranean
Context: prevention and control
metadata.dc.subject.other: Communicable Diseases and their Control
Gov't Doc #: EUR/05/5057414
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