We are pleased to present the February session of CDC Public Health Grand Rounds, “Global Polio Eradication: Reaching Every Last Child.” This session will be available via live webcast from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, February 17, at 1 p.m. (EST) at http://www.cdc.gov/
Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s spinal cord, causing life-long paralysis or, in rare instances, death. The eradication of polio remains an important priority for CDC and many of its global partners. The number of polio cases reported worldwide has fallen from an estimated 350,000 in 1988 to only 407 in 2013—a decline of more than 99%, but there remains work to be done.
Currently, four regions of the world (the Americas, Europe, South East Asia, and the Western Pacific) are certified polio-free but, in a small number of countries, the spread of this disease has never stopped, putting all the countries of the world at risk. Polio has no cure, making vaccination the only way to eradicate it. However, continued conflict, political instability, hard-to-reach populations, and attempts to ban vaccination in some areas continue to pose complex challenges and threaten to derail decades of work.
Please join us for this session of Grand Rounds as we investigate the efforts of those fighting against polio. Specifically, this session will highlight innovative strategies being used in countries affected by insecurity to accelerate immunization and surveillance efforts to ultimately reach every last child and make the world polio-free.
Future Grand Rounds topics include “Challenges in Pediatric Emergency Preparedness” and “Prevention and Control of Skin Cancer.”
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Gregory L. Armstrong, MD
Chief, Polio Eradication Branch
Global Immunization Division
Center for Global Health, CDC
“Polio Eradication in the Emergency Phase”
M. Steven Oberste, PhD
Chief, Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch
Division of Viral Diseases
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
“The Global Polio Laboratory Network—Continuous Innovation and Quality Control”
Faisal Shuaib, MD, DrPH
Deputy Incident Manager for Polio
Polio Emergency Operations Center
“Progress on Polio Eradication: Strategies and Innovations in Nigeria”
Elias Durry, MD, MPH
Senior Emergency Coordinator for Polio Eradication in Pakistan
Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, World Health Organization
“Public Health Amidst Insecurity: Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Initiative”
John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
For non-CDC staff or those outside of the CDC firewall:
A live external webcast will be available. Presentations are archived and posted 48 hours after each session. Due to security measures at CDC’s Roybal campus, non-CDC staff who wish to attend these sessions in person must have prior clearance and a U.S. state-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, US passport).
Names of non-CDC staff (both domestic and international) should be submitted to the Grand Rounds Team. Please note that all information for international visitors must be submitted at least 10 days in advance.
Grand Rounds is available for Continuing Education.
ALL Continuing Education hours for Public Health Grand Rounds (PHGR) are issued online through theCDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online system. If you have questions, e-mail or call Learner Support at 1-800-418-7246 (1-800-41TRAIN).
Those who attend PHGR either in person, Envision, IPTV, or “web on demand” and who wish to receive continuing education must complete the online seminar evaluation. Thirty days from the initial seminar the course number will change to WD2346 and will be available for continuing education until February 18, 2016. The course code for PHGR is PHGR10.
Target Audience: Physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, pharmacists, veterinarians, certified health education specialists, laboratorians, others
- List key measures of burden of disease involving morbidity, mortality, and/or cost.
- Describe evidence-based preventive interventions and the status of their implementations.
- Identify one key prevention science research gap.
- Name one key indicator by which progress and meeting prevention goals is measured.
CE certificates can be printed from your computer immediately upon completion of your online evaluation. A cumulative transcript of all CDC/ATSDR CE’s obtained through the TCE Online System will be maintained for each user. We hope that this will assist CDC staff and other public health professionals to fulfill the requirements for their professional licenses and certificates.
Learn more about continuing education on the Grand Rounds website.