For a polio-free world, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPI) is launching the Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026 to overcome remaining challenges.
While polio cases have fallen 99.9% since 1988, polio is said to remain a public health emergency of international concern (PHSI). Persistent barriers to reaching every child with polio vaccines and the pandemic have contributed to the increase in polio cases.
In 2020, with the suspension of door-to-door polio campaigns for four months to protect communities from the spread of Covi-19, 1,226 cases of all forms of polio were recorded compared to 138 cases in 2018.
“Achieving a world without polio”
In the face of this upsurge in polio cases around the world, leaders called for renewed global solidarity and the maintenance of needed resources. They also pledged to strengthen their partnership with the GPEI to improve vaccination campaigns and engagement with communities at high risk of polio.
To achieve a polio-free world, the 2022-2026 strategy underlines the urgency of getting eradication efforts back on track while proposing a comprehensive set of actions that will position the GPEI. “With this new strategy, the GPEI has made it clear how to overcome the remaining obstacles to ensure a polio-free world and improve the health and well-being of communities for generations to come.”, suggested Dr TedrosAdhanomGhebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and member of the Polio Oversight Board.
“Finish the work against polio in Africa”
The success of this fight against polio requires a real political and financial commitment on the part of governments and donors, also indicates the director general of the WHO.
Félix Tshisekedi, president from African Union , “Calls on each government to increase its commitment to protect gains” the efforts already made in the fight against this disease and “To finish the work against polio in Africa”. According to him, “Only then can we say that we have delivered on our promise of a safer and healthier future for all of our children”.
Beyond the eradication of wild polio, the GPEI is also committed to stopping the poliovirus epidemics, which continue to spread in under-immune communities in Africa and Asia.
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