Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announces Emergency Action Plan (EAP

  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) developed in coordination with new country national emergency plans.  The plan builds on India’s successes and outlines a range of new strategies and initiatives to better support eradication efforts, including:

– Intensified focus on worst-performing areas of Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan to increase vaccination coverage by end of 2012 to levels needed to stop transmission;

– New approaches tailored to each country to tackle persistent challenges and improve polio vaccination campaign performance;

– Heightened accountability, coordination and oversight to ensure success at every level of government and within every partner agency and organization.

– Surge of technical assistance and social mobilization capacity.

GPEI noted that the EAP is currently hindered by a critical funding gap of nearly US$1 billion through 2013, with funding shortages already forcing the GPEI to cancel or scale-back critical vaccination activities in 24 high-risk countries.

Global Emergency Action Plan (EAP) 2012-2013