Torchlight Africa

Here’s How Malawi Responded to Wild Poliovirus 30 Years After Eradication

By Josephine Chinele (Lead Writer) Her priest’s announcement was enough reason for Cecelia Yohane, a resident of Nchalo Chikwawa, to have her 2-year-old grandchild vaccinated against polio. “All my children are not educated, not many people in my village are educated either. But I want to change our story through my grandchildren. I want this […]

Thought Leadership

Maintaining Nigeria’s Wild Poliovirus-Free Status: A Critical Step for Long Life for All

By Onyinye Oranezi and Thelma Chioma Abeku (Lead Writers) The launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) a little over three decades ago, which birthed the drive for a polio free world has resulted in significant health advances. Indeed, before the COVID-19 pandemic, polio eradication hinted at what the world could accomplish by working […]


Strengthening Surveillance and Vaccine Uptake to Curb the Transmission of Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus in Kano State

Nigeria was declared wild poliovirus free in August 2020, however, despite Nigeria’s wild poliovirus free status, the country is still experiencing the transmission of circulating vaccine-derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2). The incidences of cVDPV2 are as a result of low vaccination rates and unvaccinated children coming in contact with excretions from children who have […]

Press Release

Africa eradicates wild poliovirus

Brazzaville, 25 August 2020– The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio Eradication officially declared on Tuesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region is free of wild poliovirus. This marks the eradication of the second virus from the face of the continent since smallpox 40 years ago. “Today is a historic day for […]

Health Torchlight

The last mile: On the frontlines of polio eradication in Kano State

In August 2016, the last poliovirus case in Nigeria was diagnosed in Monguno Local Government Area in the North-Eastern state of Borno. Since then, those working in the polio space, nationally and globally, have worked hard and are watching vigilantly with bated breath as Nigeria again comes close to being declared polio-free by 2019, incidentally […]