U.S., Russia pledge continued efforts for polio eradication

Presidents Obama and Medvedev, speaking at the G20-G8 Summit in Deauville, “recognized the collaborative efforts already underway between the United States and Russia to eradicate polio globally, and pledged to continue that cooperative until the eradication objective is finally achieved.” USAID noted that in January, 2011, the U.S. government and the government of the Russian Federation, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation (MOHSD), signed a Protocol of Intent on Cooperation for the Global Eradication of Polio.

Areas of collaboration include “providing technical assistance for polio surveillance; participating in and monitoring of polio immunization campaigns; providing technical assistance on polio clinical diagnoses, case management and rehabilitation; and advocacy and resource mobilization.”  The U.S. noted that it is the largest bilateral donor to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Polio eradication “is part of USAID’s more comprehensive effort to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability due to vaccine-preventable diseases.”