Eighteenth meeting of the European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication : report on a WHO meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark 24-26 May 2005
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AbstractThe 18th meeting of the WHO European Regional Certification Commission for poliomyelitis eradication (RCC) was held in Copenhagen on 24-26 May 2005 to review national polio eradication programme and laboratory containment activity updates. Of the 52 Member States in the Region, 48 (92%) submitted complete and timely reports on their 2004 activities. The RCC reviewed the updates and heard presentations on the Regional Polio Laboratory Network, laboratory containment of wild poliovirus, and cessation of oral polio vaccination. Representatives from the Global Certification Commission and the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Certification Commission reported on the status of global polio eradication. Representatives of three Member States, Greece, Israel and Turkey gave special presentations on their national polio eradication programmes, and a proposal for a new regional strategic plan (2005-2008) for sustaining Europe's polio-free status was reviewed by the RCC. The Commission concluded that the Region is now facing an increased risk of importation of wild poliovirus due to the recent resurgence of virus transmission in Africa and Asia. In the face of this stark reminder that polio-free countries and areas remain at significant risk of virus importation and subsequent spread, there are strong indications that three years after Regional Certification, decreasing political commitment, changing public health priorities, and decreasing levels of funding threaten the gains made through polio eradication efforts in the Region. The RCC recognized that in May 2005, the European Region became the first WHO region in which Member States had provided documentation on laboratory containment of wild polioviruses, completing surveys and inventory activities. The programme is now conducting quality assessments of national laboratory containment activities, completing Phase I of Laboratory Containment. The RCC re-evaluated the risk of transmission following importation of wild poliovirus, and based on data from Member States and EURO assessment missions, added Greece to the list of high risk countries (together with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tajikistan and Netherlands). In addition, the Commission approved the first draft of the European strategic plan for sustaining the Regional polio-free status. The Commission made recommendations for Regional and global follow up activities to WHO and Member States
European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication. Meeting (18th: 2005: Copenhagen, Denmark) & World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2005). Eighteenth meeting of the European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication : report on a WHO meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark 24-26 May 2005. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107672
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