Global Polio Eradication
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) released a new six-year plan in 2012 that outlines steps to end polio transmission, help improve childhood immunization programs, and begin a worldwide polio vaccine transition. While the plan is considered to be a solid approach to eradicating poliovirus, the initiative faces a variety of obstacles including deadly violence aimed at health workers in several of the remaining endemic countries, new outbreaks in previously polio-free areas, and continued difficulties reaching all children with vaccines. This video reviews progress made by the GPEI to date and outlines the new strategy.
Author(s): Center for Strategic and International Studies
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