Sub-regional coordination meeting on surveillance and certification of poliomyelitis eradication : report on a WHO meeting, Kiev, Ukraine 15-17 July 1998
AbstractWith further advances in all the strategies of the global programme to eradicate poliomyelitis, the European Region of WHO is approaching the target of eliminating indigenous transmission by 2000. In order to take the steps needed to certify that indigenous poliovirus transmission has been stopped in the Region, Member States have been asked to form national certification committees. These committees will be responsible for reviewing the necessary documentation related to the laboratory surveillance of polioviruses and immunization efforts in each country before submitting the data to the European Regional Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication. This meeting was held to update programme managers of the national vaccination programmes, health authorities in maternal and child health, virologists in the polio laboratory network and chairpersons of the national certification committees of the newly independent states on the current status of activities in poliomyelitis eradication (including the action needed for certification). Most countries of the Region are apparently polio-free, but surveillance remains limited in some. The current priorities for polio eradication in the Region are to eliminate the last possible remaining foci of indigenous poliovirus transmission, to further improve acute flaccid paralysis surveillance and laboratory performance and to demonstrate through the certification process that poliovirus transmission has been eliminated. High-risk areas and subpopulations may require special efforts in surveillance and immunization
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (1999). Sub-regional coordination meeting on surveillance and certification of poliomyelitis eradication : report on a WHO meeting, Kiev, Ukraine 15-17 July 1998. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/108176
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