The World Health Organization (WHO) organized a Coordinators Meeting on Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) Surveillance in Beirut, Lebanon between September 4 and 6, 2018. Sixteen AFP surveillance coordinators from the region attended. Meeting participants were from Afghanistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and the UAE.
Representatives from WHO partner organizations working in polio eradication: Rotary International, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF/MENARO, and GHD/EMPHNET were also in attendance.
In this consultative meeting, participants developed consensus on basic concepts and principles for additional surveillance activities within high risk areas in the region. They also discussed issues relevant to polio transition and post certification strategies, risk assessment for global certification, data verification, AFP information management, and cross border coordination.
This meeting presented an important opportunity for the participants to gain a better understanding of the new and additional strategies and risk assessment. It was also an opportunity to revise guidelines for AFP surveillance which will be finalized once country specific priorities for surveillance and key activities in 2018/19 are outlined.