Polio Post-Certification Strategy

The polio Post-Certification Strategy is a comprehensive strategy being developed to define the global technical standards that will be needed in order to sustain a polio-free world after global certification of wild poliovirus eradication.

Development of the Strategy began in 2017 by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), and is being elaborated in consultation with global and regional partners, scientific experts, donors, and other stakeholders. In December 2017, it will be discussed at the meeting of the GPEI Polio Oversight Board, then in January 2018 it will be reviewed by the WHO Executive Board, and by the World Health Assembly in May 2018.

The Post-Certification Strategy will specify at a global level the technical standards for functions (e.g. containment, vaccination, and surveillance) that are essential to maintain a polio-free world in the decade following certification.

The strategy has three goals:

  1. Contain poliovirus sources: Ensure potential sources of poliovirus are properly controlled or removed.
  2. Protect populations: Withdraw the oral live attenuated polio vaccine (OPV) from use and immunize populations with inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) against possible re-emergence of any poliovirus
  3. Detect and respond: Promptly detect any poliovirus reintroduction and rapidly respond to prevent transmission

The strategy will also identify ‘Enabling and Cross-Cutting Areas’, which will specify options for integrating ongoing polio functions—for example, governance and management, monitoring, and research activities—into other institutions or organizations.

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