This article appeared on the Helio blog on January 2, 2018
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has been paramount in the near-eradication of polio; however, the dismantling of this program once eradication has been completed may leave many countries vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases because of lack of funding for routine immunizations.
“Rethinking how to achieve global health goals, such as universal immunization, can be daunting, especially when restricted within large global programs and financing mechanisms,” Laura Kerr, LLM, a policy advocacy officer for child health at RESULTS UK, and Leila Stennett, campaigns director at RESULTS Australia, wrote. “Yet the scale of the wind down of the [Global Polio Eradication Initiative] partnership is something that has never happened before.”
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