Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Global Polio Eradication Initiative Launches 2010-2012 Strategic Plan for Interrupting Polio Worldwide

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Global Polio Eradication Initiative Launches 2010-2012 Strategic Plan for Interrupting Polio Worldwide

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GENEVA, 1 7 June - A broad range of stakeholders formally launched the new Strategic Plan 2010-2012 for eradicating wild poliovirus.

Polio eradication sits at a critical juncture. Across Africa, 10 of the 15 previously polio-free countries re-infected in 2009 have successfully stopped their outbreaks. Key endemic countries are witnessing historic gains against the disease. Nowhere is progress more evident than Nigeria, where case numbers have plummeted by more than 99% - from 312 cases at this time last year, to three in 2010. In India, for the first time ever, the remaining endemic states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have not reported any wild poliovirus type 1 cases concurrently for more than six months.

The meeting in Geneva was held to build on the gains already made in 2010 and to galvanize new action on polio eradication. The World Health Assembly welcomed the new plan while expressing deep concern about the US $1 .3 billion funding shortfall (out of a budget of US $2.6 billion) over the next three years. This financing shortfall is a serious risk to the eradication of polio - activities are already being cut back or postponed due to a lack of funds.

The Ministers of Health of Nigeria, Afghanistan, Angola and Senegal, among a number of other senior health ministry officials, existing and potential funders, vaccine manufacturers and key partner organizations attended the meeting - co-hosted by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and the new UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake - to discuss the implementation, monitoring, economics and financing of the new plan.

Dr Margaret Chan called on the international funding community to stand tall for polio eradication. "The next three years, and especially the next 12 months, are critical to the polio eradication initiative and, by extension, the entire international public health agenda."

The new plan builds on major lessons learnt to date, including findings from a major independent evaluation examining the remaining barriers to eradication. It introduces district- and area- specific strategies to target the ever- shrinking remaining reservoirs of poliovirus, exploits the game-changing bivalent oral polio vaccine to increase the impact of immunizations, and tackles health system weaknesses. …

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