Polio Post-Certification Strategy

The polio Post-Certification Strategy is a comprehensive strategy being developed to define the global technical standards or core set of activities 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 iteratively, including phases of consultations with global and regional partners, scientific experts, donors, and other stakeholders. In January 2018, it will be reviewed by the WHO Executive Board and GPEI Polio Oversight Board before being presented at 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:

  • Contain polioviruses: Ensure potential sources of poliovirus are properly contained or removed
  • 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
  • Detect and respond: Promptly detect any poliovirus in a human or in the environment and rapidly respond to prevent transmission

The strategy does not address areas such as governance, management, financing, or monitoring – which will be critical to implementation – but are expected to be defined by future owners of the strategy with support from the GPEI.

At this stage of development of the strategy, a public consultation has been launched to offer all stakeholders an opportunity to review the latest version:

Post-Certification Strategy: Draft for consultation [pdf]

All inputs are welcome and may be shared via email to gpei.pcs@gmail.com. Kindly note our deadline of 8 December 2017 for all feedback. All comments received will be fully anonymous and consolidated together before being reviewed to guide any revisions to the strategy. A summary report on the previous consultation conducted in August 2017 with targeted GPEI and non-GPEI stakeholders is available here [pdf].

For more general information on the Post-Certification Strategy, please consult the following materials:

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