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Outbreak response in Somalia

Background 

Since the beginning of the Polio outbreak in April 2013, Somalia has made tremendous gains in her efforts to eradicate polio. The last case of wild polio virus reported was from Mudug region in August 2014. However, due to the poor routine immunization coverage, insecurity, and the presence of pockets of inaccessible population groups, the country remains at risk of renewed transmission of WPV and potential outbreak of CVDPVs. It is therefore crucial that the number and quality of staff inside and outside Somalia provided by the GPEI partnership in support of the Country be sustained. CDC through AFENET engaged a consultant to support the response activities.

Objectives of the Consultancy

1. Provide technical guidance and field support in the implementation of LQAS across Somalia 

2. Provide technical guidance and field support in the implementation of ‘zero’/’unknown’ – dose investigations across Somalia

3. Provide technical guidance and field support in the implementation of GIS mapping to support micro-planning and the improvement of routine immunization

4. Provide support to the AFP surveillance system through the implementation of AFP case validation across Somalia 

Achievements

1) Reviewed the Somalia Polio Program Annual Work Plan and developed a framework for its monitoring

2) Conducted data analysis for all LQAS surveys conducted in Somalia and reports shared with WHO country office

3) Polio Situation Report is generated and shared to GPEI partners monthly.

4) Conducted a comprehensive surveillance training in collaboration with Amref Health Africa for all (5) zonal, 24 regional Polio Officers, 48 district polio officers and 9 ministry officers.

 

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