Beyond the eradication of polio

Ensuring a Lasting Legacy for GPEI Knowledge and Resources in a Polio-Free World.

Women wait to get their children vaccinated in a hospital in Guzzarah district of Herat province. © UNICEF/Afghanistan/2013/Farzana Wahidi
Women wait to get their children vaccinated in a hospital in Guzzarah district of Herat province.
© UNICEF/Afghanistan/2013/Farzana Wahidi

During more than 25 years of operations, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has mobilized and trained millions of volunteers, social mobilizers, and health workers; accessed households untouched by other health initiatives; mapped and brought health interventions to chronically neglected communities; and established a standardized, real-time global surveillance and response capacity.

As the initiative nears completion, the primary goals of transition planning for the GPEI are both to protect a polio-free world and to ensure that these investments, made to eradicate polio, contribute to future health goals after the completion of polio eradication.

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