Vaccines: The Week in Review1 September 2012Center for Vaccine Ethics & Policy (CVEP)
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Editor’s Note: This week’s issue begins reporting on significant developments and new polio cases from the weekly round-up by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Polio this week
As of 29 Aug 2012Global Polio Eradication InitiativeRemembering our colleagues in Nigeria: 26 August marked one year since adevastating explosion hit UN House in Abuja, Nigeria, where WHO, UNICEF and otherUN organizations were based. This week, we remember our polio colleagues who gavetheir lives during this attack: Mr Johnson Awotunde, Monitoring and Evaluation SpecialistUNICEF; Mr Ahmed Abiodun Adewale-Kareem, Logistician UNICEF; Mr Fred Willis,Logistician UNICEF; Dr Edward Dede, National Professional Officer for RoutineImmunization WHO; Musa Ali, Engineer and Zonal Logistics Assistant for the North WestZone WHO; and, Prince Abraham A Osunsanya, Administration of ImmunizationProgrammes WHO. In total, the explosion claimed the lives of 23 people and injuredmany more. This event was a tragic example of the dangerous conditions in which ourcolleagues are frequently working under, in their efforts to protect children everywherefrom polio.
Five new cases were reported in the past week (four WPV1s from Katsina and oneWPV3 from Yobe), bringing the total number of cases for 2012 to 77. The most recentcase had onset of paralysis on 28 July (WPV1 from Katsina).
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it is “haltingmost of its aid programmes in Pakistan
due to deteriorating security and the