Global Polio Eradication Initiative
The promise of a polio-free world has driven the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Significant progress towards eradication has been made in the last three decades. Still, a new strategy was needed to overcome the remaining hurdles and deliver on the promise of a polio-free world.
We designed a single-source-of-truth information hub and facilitated a series of seven collaborative workshops for a multi-stakeholder group comprised of more than 100 stakeholders from the GPEI’s core partners – Rotary International, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi and the Vaccine Alliance – and donors.
ImpactThrough this approach, we created a transparent, inclusive strategy development process that led to the following:
- alignment on two primary strategic goals with supporting implementation pathways
- development of an enabling environment that included, among other things, structure, financing, communications, vaccine supply considerations and a monitoring and evaluation framework
- increased awareness within the global health community about the new 2022–2026 Strategy and Post-Certification Strategy (PCS) planning
“We are in a much better situation now (with polio) than we were previously. But the last mile is the hardest. There can be no room for complacency.”
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General