Joint national/international AFP surveillance review, Bhutan : 22-31 October 2005
AbstractThe very basis of regional certification of polio-free status is high quality acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance. The Regional Office has been assisting Member countries to strengthen AFP and vaccine preventable disease (VPD) surveillance. As an integral component of this process, countries are encouraged to conduct periodic internal reviews of disease surveillance systems. This is complemented by periodic joint national/international reviews of AFP and VPD surveillance systems. To verify Bhutan's polio-free status and as a requirement for regional certification, a joint national/international surveillance review was conducted to identify strengths and limitations in AFP and VPD surveillance. Bhutan borders the polio-endemic country of India and also shares its border with China. There is significant population movement across borders which poses a risk of importation of wild poliovirus and other vaccine-preventable diseases. This report describes the background, methodology and findings from the Review.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2006). Joint national/international AFP surveillance review, Bhutan : 22-31 October 2005. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205411