GLOBAL POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE ACCELERATED

GLOBAL POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE ACCELERATED

Global leaders during the World Health Summit in Berlin confirmed the US$2.6 billion Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI) Fund.

The GPEI 2022-2026 strategy to end polio globally was co-hosted by
Germanys Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
The governments of the world have come together in one resolve to put their resources together for a Polio free World.

UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said “Children deserve to
live in a polio-free world, but as we have seen this year with painful clarity, until we reach every community and vaccinate every child, the threat of polio will persist.”

In addition to the funding for GPEI announced, a group of more than 3000 influential scientists, physicians, and public health experts from around the world released a declaration endorsing the 2022-2026 Strategy and calling on donors to stay committed to eradication and ensure GPEI is fully funded.

Meanwhile five hundred
million doses of nOPV2 have already been administered across 23 countries, and field data continue to show its promise as a tool to more sustainably stop outbreaks of type 2 cVDPV.

Dr. Zulfi Bhutta Chairman of Child Global Health, Hospital for Sick Children Canada and Distinguished University Professor, Aga Khan University, Pakistan said “Polio, like any virus, knows no borders, its continued transmission threatens children everywhere. Stopping this disease is not just urgently needed now, it’s within our grasp. That’s why I’ve joined more than three thousand health experts from around the world to launch the 2022 Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication”.

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