Polio Eradication and End Game Strategic Plan developed
The 2013-18 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan, developed by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), is expected to be finalized this month. Rotary International, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are global partners in the GPEI.
In 2012, the World Health Assembly declared polio eradication a "programmatic emergency for global public health" and called for the development of a comprehensive polio eradication and endgame strategy. The plan is designed to interrupt transmission of the wild poliovirus by the end of 2014, strengthen routine immunization, lay the groundwork for securing a lasting polio-free world, and transfer the eradication initiative's assets to other public health efforts. It is estimated that polio eradication could save the world US$40-50 billion by 2035.
The new plan will cost about $5.5 billion. Therefore, increased support is needed from governments of donor and polio-affected countries, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and the public, to ensure implementation. Every Rotarian can become an advocate by contacting elected officials, business leaders, friends, and the press to encourage support for eradicating polio.
Polio this week - As of 10 April 2013
Total cases Year-to-date 2013
Total cases 2012
Data in WHO as of 10 April 2012 for 2012 data and 9 April 2013 for 2013 data.
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