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Sudan Polio Update 03 05

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Published on October 21, 2007

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Sudan Polio Update:  Sudan Polio Update 03 March 2005 Epidemiologic Situation (1):  Epidemiologic Situation (1) 10 more cases were confirmed this week Two of the new cases from South Sudan (Upper Nile) with dates of onset in January 6 and 14. Seven cases from North Sudan with dates of onset between 8 January and 6 February. The two cases in February are reported in Kassala State. The case from Hamshkoreib/ Kassala (under rebel control, at Eritrean border ) was confirmed, it had onset in December 04 but exact date not known (not appearing on maps or Graphs) The number of infected States are still 18 States The total number of confirmed polio cases for 2004 became 126 (118 in north and 8 in south Sudan) after adding the Hamshkoreib case. The virus circulation is now concentrated in upper Nile region in South Sudan and in the eastern areas of the country Epidemiologic Situation (2):  Epidemiologic Situation (2) The confirmed cases with onset in 2005 reached 16 cases (13 from north and 3 from south) Kassala (01/01/05), (03/02/05), (06/02/05) Blue Nile (02/01/05), (09/01/05) Bahr El Gabal (05/01/05) Gadaref (07/01/05), (08/01/05), (24/01/05) White Nile (09/01/05) Sennar (10/01/05) Unity (21/01/05), (29/01/05) Upper Nile (Unity) , south Sudan all P1 (03/01/05), (06/01/05) and (14/01/05), all from same area of previous cases in Western Upper Nile/Unity Cases pending ITD North Blue Nile: P3 (07/01/05) Red Sea: P3(14/01/05) South Sudan No cases pending ITD Important Recent Activities (1) :  Important Recent Activities (1) The February campaign was completed (27 Feb-1st Mar) in North Sudan as part of the synchronized campaigns in 22 African countries: H.E. The President of Sudan participated in Launching the campaign in South Kordofan, The First Vice President launched the campaign in Blue Nile H.E. Federal MOH and Wali of Khartoum launched the campaign in Khartoum in Gabal El Awlya Locality (in the middle of IDP camps) Ceremonies were covered by TV A press conference was held the day before the campaign and was addressed by MOH, WHO and UNICEF Important Recent Activities(2) :  Important Recent Activities(2) The Ambassador of Goodwill of UNICEF (Mr Mahmoud Quabil) appeared on a TV show dedicated for the polio campaign (together with WHO/EMRO, MO and MOH staff ). He also developed some TV spots to be used in coming rounds. All localities of Khartoum received extra technical support through WHO TAs A team of WHO and UNICEF observers (from EMRO, MENARO and country offices) monitored the campaign in all localities of Khartoum, the observations were generally positive indicating that MOH implemented all the recommendations made in the previous rounds and that the technical support provided to Khartoum was very appropriate. Provisional information from different States indicate a high quality campaign Independent monitors started the post campaign survey It was unfortunate that one of the State supervisors in Kassala (the daughter of Minister of investment) and a local guide died in a car accident during the campaign while using the car of HE MOH. Important Recent Activities(3) :  Important Recent Activities(3) Campaign in the South started on 28 February, activities ongoing however, few areas in Upper Nile, EEQ and Lakes and some roads are no go due to inter clan clashes. Vaccine was dropped in alternative areas and rental cars are making deliveries with military escort The coordination meeting for North-South Sudan will be held in Nairobi on 17-18 March to identify any remaining gap areas and assign responsibilities for their coverage and to ensure optimum coordination and exchange of information. This will be followed by one day meeting on coordination of EPI/measles activities Technical Support (1) :  Technical Support (1) Technical support: North Current status (team leader, 2 STCs in Khartoum, 1 STC for Kassala and Gadaref, one STC for south Darfur and one for White Nile), total of 6 international staff 2 STOP team members (north Darfur and Northern State). One STC will reach Khartoum on 3rd March and will be based in Red Sea. Names of 2 other STCs were sent to Sudan awaiting government concurrence (Gezeira and Darfur). Remaining needs (1 NMO for Gadaref, 1 STC for River Nile and 1 TO for federal level) UNICEF recruited one STC for polio activities. Technical support should be provided before the April round to Khartoum and other priority States (Kassala, Gadaref, Sennar and Unity) Technical Support (2) :  Technical Support (2) Technical support: south Current status (team leader, Nairobi) Loki: Dr Afework, MO + Mr Philipe Van De Graff , log officer E EQ: Vacant, Mr Alasow assisting (STP) WEQ: Dr Jayaprakash (STP) BEG: Dr Dagoye(STP) UN/ Jonglei: West UN: Dr Ba (STP) East UN: STP DR Alasow (moved to support training in EE) Jonglei: Dr Vasquez (STC) Lakes: Dr Chacko(STP) In the pipeline: STC for EE (Dr Kadyrov) + One STC (Dr Jude) to help in Nairobi There is a need for more support for preparation and monitoring of coming rounds (short periods)

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