奈及利亞顯示已3年沒有野生小兒麻痺病毒病例

本週三(2019年8月21日),奈及利亞顯示,自上一個兒童因野生小兒麻痺病毒而癱瘓迄今已達3年。經過與奈及利亞政府密集往來商討是否公開確認此一里程碑之後,國際扶輪終於獲准向公眾及在扶輪網絡中確認這一里程碑。國際扶輪將於週三把來自Mike McGovern的以下訊息發送給總監,扶輪社社長,根除小兒麻痺等疾病(PolioPlus)委員會和扶輪高階領導人。我們還將在社交媒體進行宣傳,在入口網站發布聲明,並且可望看到媒體大幅報導。根除小兒麻痺等疾病委員會在未來幾週將持續透過我們的數位管道強調這一好消息。

 

簡而言之,這里程碑意味著:達到3年沒有野生小兒麻痺病例的情況表示,奈及利亞的進展,是世界衛生組織非洲地域小兒麻痺絕跡獲得認證已敞開大門的一個重大跡象。雖然週三的里程碑極為重要,而且奈及利亞3年沒有野生小兒麻痺病例是前所未有的,但這並不意味著奈及利亞已經小兒麻痺絕跡,該國仍在小兒麻痺疫區的名單上。非洲地域野生小兒麻痺病毒絕跡獲得認證最快將於2020年中期發生。

 

關鍵訊息

  • 里程碑:奈及利亞將很快超過3年未發現任何野生小兒麻痺病毒病例
  • 2019年8月21日,奈及利亞距上次通報一件野生小兒麻痺病毒病例將達3年。
  • 這意味著整個世界衛生組織非洲區域可能會在2020年中期之前被證實野生小兒麻痺病毒已經絕跡。
  • 在過去3年中,奈及利亞政府一直在加強免疫工作和改進監測,以便為更多兒童接種小兒麻痺疫苗。但仍有工作要做。
  • 如果我們能夠接觸每個兒童讓他們接種疫苗,並繼續加強監測和免疫工作,我們才能保護這一進展。
  • 在政府、合作夥伴和扶輪社員持續不斷支持下,我們有信心我們將會實現目標。
  • 認證:奈及利亞對抗野生小兒麻痺病毒的進展意味著我們現在可以開始評估世界衛生組織非洲地域為野生小兒麻痺病毒絕跡的區域
  • 奈及利亞是非洲最後一個小兒麻痺疫區國家。
  • 一旦奈及利亞已經3年沒有野生小兒麻痺病毒病例,就會有一個過程來確認世界衛生組織非洲地域的每個國家實際上都已野生小兒麻痺病毒絕跡。
  • 如果數據證實此一進展,整個世界衛生組織非洲地域可能會在2020年中期之前獲得野生小兒麻痺病毒絕跡的認證。
  • 扶輪的角色:奈及利亞和整個非洲的扶輪社員致力於實現我們對無小兒麻痺世界的承諾
  • 作為第一個夢想無小兒麻痺世界的組織,扶輪社員捐獻他們的時間和金錢,以確保沒有兒童因小兒麻痺而癱瘓。
  • 扶輪為結束小兒麻痺的鬥爭捐獻了超過19億美元。
  • 在10月24日世界小兒麻痺日,奈及利亞和世界各地的扶輪社員將齊聚一堂,共同表彰到我們在小兒麻痺方面取得的進展,並商談為終結小兒麻痺仍需要完成的工作。
  • 扶輪和我們的合作夥伴已使小兒麻痺病例減少了99.9%
  • 由於全球根除小兒麻痺的努力,有1800萬人得以行走或存活。

 

Nigeria marks 3 years without a wild polio virus case

On Wednesday, Nigeria will mark three years since the last time a child was paralyzed by the wild poliovirus. After a lot of back and forth with the Nigerian government around public recognition of this milestone, we finally have approval to recognize this milestone publically and within our Rotary networks. We’ll be sending out the below message from Mike McGovern on Wednesday to DGs, Club Presidents, PolioPlus Committees & RSLs. We’ll also be promoting on social, doing a portal announcement and it looks like we’ll see significant media coverage. PolioPlus Comms will continue to highlight this good news throughout the coming weeks via our digital channels. 

 

In short, here’s what the milestone means: reaching three years without a case of wild poliovirus is a great sign of progress in Nigeria that opens the door for the World Health Organization’s African region to be certified polio-free. While Wednesday’s milestone is an important one and three years without a case of wild poliovirus in Nigeria is unprecedented, this does not mean Nigeria is polio-free and it will still be on the endemic list. Certification of the African region as wild poliovirus-free will happen as soon as mid-2020.  

 

KEY MESSAGES

 

  • Milestone: Nigeria will soon pass three years without detecting any cases of wild poliovirus
    • On 21 August 2019, it will be three years since Nigeria last reported a case of wild poliovirus.
    • This means that the entire World Health Organization African region could potentially be certified wild poliovirus-free as soon as mid-2020.
    • Over the past three years, the Nigerian government has been strengthening immunization and improving surveillance, to reach more children with the polio vaccine. But there is still work to be done.
    • We can only protect this progress if we are able to reach every child with the vaccine, as well as continue strengthen surveillance and immunization.
    • With continued support from governments, partners, and Rotary members we’re confident that we’ll achieve our goals.
       
  • Certification: Nigeria’s progress against wild poliovirus means we can now begin the process to evaluate the World Health Organization African region as wild poliovirus-free
    • Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa.
    • Once Nigeria has gone three years without a case of wild poliovirus, there will be a process to confirm that each country in the World Health Organization African region is in fact wild poliovirus-free.
    • If the data confirms this progress, the entire World Health Organization African region could receive wild poliovirus-free certification as soon as mid-2020.

       
  • Rotary’s role: Rotarians across Nigeria and throughout Africa are committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world
    • As the first organization to dream of a polio-free world, Rotary members donate their time and money to ensuring that no child ever has to be paralyzed by polio.
    • Rotary has contributed over $1.9 billion to the fight to end polio.
    • On World Polio Day, October 24, Rotary members in Nigeria and around the world will come together to recognize our progress against polio and talk about the work that still needs to be done to end polio for good.
    • Rotary and our partners have reduced polio cases by 99.9%
    • 18 million people are either walking or alive because of the global polio eradication effort.