Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical
versión On-line ISSN 1561-3054
MONTALVO ALVAREZ, Gabriel et al. Strengthening of comprehensive surveillance of poliomyelitis and other immunopreventable diseases in Angola on the basis of the Cuban experience. Rev Cubana Med Trop [online]. 2009, vol.61, n.3, pp. 288-292. ISSN 1561-3054.
Many efforts have been made by the World Health Organization to eradicate poliomyelitis worldwide, a disease that causes irreversible paralysis for life in addition to adverse economic effects for the patient and his/her family as well. For the first time, there is a technical cooperation project between countries outside The Americas, in which the capabilities, strength, commitment and potentialities of the Cuban medicine was again stressed in the world. Twenty Cuban physicians were involved in the first phase (January-July 2008) and 7 in the second phase (January-April 2009). The objective of this cooperation was focused on comprehensive teamwork, strengthening of surveillance, control of immunopreventable diseases, improvement of regular vaccination coverage, formation of human resources and support to vaccination campaigns. It was possible to make a large amount of health workers and the community sensitive to the detection of acute flaccid paralysis as well as other immnopreventable diseases, to strengthen active search of cases, to reinforce surveillance and to support and monitor the quality of vaccination campaigns. The participants worked towards increasing the regular vaccination coverage and the comprehensive surveillance of these illnesses. Once again the full dedication of the Cuban physicians to relieve pain caused by these diseases and the great human value of the Cuban medicine was demonstrated.
Palabras llave : poliomyelitis; acute flaccid paralysis; surveillance; regular vaccination; campaigns; training.