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Global Leaders Support New Six-Year Plan To Deliver A Polio-Free World By 2018

Additional resources:

Breakdown of pledges toward GPEI 2013-2018 budget – http://www.polioeradication.org/Financing.aspx

Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategy Plan Executive Summary – http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Resources/StrategyWork/PEESP_ES_EN_A4.pdf

Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan Fact File – http://www.polioeradication.org/Portals/0/Document/Resources/StrategyWork/GPEI_Plan_FactFile_EN.pdf

Global Vaccine Summit Media Resources – www.globalvaccinesummit.org

About GPEI

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), launched in 1988, is spearheaded by national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF, and supported by key partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Since its launch, the incidence of polio has been reduced by more than 99 percent. In 1988, more than 350,000 children were paralyzed each year in more than 125 endemic countries. Today, only three countries remain endemic: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Last year, cases of wild poliovirus plunged from 650 in 2011 to 223, the largest drop in a decade. As of 17 April, 19 cases have been reported, a 60% reduction compared to this time last year.  

SOURCE Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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