Global and Regional Transition Planning

The partnership at the heart of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has been strong and effective, bringing together agencies, governments, donors and many other stakeholders to work together towards a common goal. While countries are mapping their polio assets and planning for how to transition these to help meet their broader health needs after eradication has been achieved, the partners at a global and regional level will also develop transition plans with the goal of safeguarding a polio-free world. Maintaining this strong partnership into the future and engaging new partners will help achieve the goals of transition planning.

Information for stakeholders

As we approach eradication and GPEI prepares for its closure, key partners and stakeholders are looking at how best to take advantage of opportunities and manage the risks presented by the scale down of the initiative.

Management of polio transition across WHO

As part of the scale down, GPEI will be substantially reducing its programmatic and financial support to WHO across 2017 – 2019. This planned decrease in budget and staffing has significant implications for WHO at the country, regional, and global levels.

In order to manage these changes, WHO is working on a number of important initiatives:

  • A polio transition planning process is underway at WHO headquarters and in the three priority regions – the African region, the Eastern Mediterranean region, and the South East Asian region – under the auspices of the Director General and Regional Directors. This work will analyse and mitigate human resources, programmatic and country capacity risks to WHO as a whole.
  • A detailed human resources study was conducted to evaluate the financial liabilities and risks associated with WHO human resources funded by the GPEI.

WHO Member State information session

On 17 January 2017, WHO held a Member State information session on transition planning to brief Member States on the polio transition planning process as a whole, and the mitigation measures that are underway at the country, regional and HQ levels. Relevant WHO HQ departments and all three Regional Offices (AFRO, EMRO, SEARO) were present at the meeting. This Information Session helped prepare for discussions on transition planning at the 25th Programme, Budget and Administration Committee (PBAC) and the 140th Executive Board meetings in January 2017.

Meeting documents: