Sumary of Leaders call for renewed global solidarity to eradicate polio:
- Delivering on a Promise at a virtual event, to overcome the remaining challenges to ending polio, including setbacks caused by COVID-19..
- While polio cases have fallen 99.9% since 1988, polio remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and persistent barriers to reaching every child with polio vaccines and the pandemic have contributed to an increase in polio cases..
- In 2020, the GPEI paused polio door-to-door campaigns for four months to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19 and contributed up to 30,000 programme staff and over $100 million in polio resources to support pandemic response in almost 50 countries..
- Leaders from the two countries yet to interrupt wild polio transmission-;Pakistan and Afghanistan-;called for renewed global solidarity and the continued resources necessary to eradicate this vaccine-preventable disease..
- They committed to strengthening their partnership with GPEI to improve vaccination campaigns and engagement with communities at high risk of polio..
- We are already hard at work with our GPEI partners to address the final barriers to ending polio in Pakistan, particularly through strengthening vaccination campaigns and our engagement with high-risk communities..
- Eradication remains a top health priority and Pakistan is committed to fully implementing the new GPEI strategy..
- The 2022-2026 Strategy underscores the urgency of getting eradication efforts back on track and offers a comprehensive set of actions that will position the GPEI to achieve a polio-free world….