Victory over polio – forever
We have been committed to the global fight against polio for over 30 years. It is our stated goal to eradicate polio worldwide – and we have achieved our goal FAST. When we started vaccinating six million children in the Philippines in 1979, it seemed like an unattainable utopia. Today, there are only a few cases of infection in two countries around the world: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. And here too we will defeat the virus.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is spearheaded by national governments and led by a global partnership of five organizations: WHO, CDC, Rotary International, UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, working in collaboration with bilateral donors to eradicate poliovirus. GPEI develops annual operating budgets, which define the programâ€™s Financial Resourcing Requirements (FRR) and fundraises to support polio eradication.
Currently GPEI invests approximately US$ 1 billion/year to conduct disease surveillance and supplementary polio immunization campaigns, promote community-based vaccination efforts, provide expert technical assistance to governments to build country-level capacity to detect outbreaks, support outbreak response, and boost demand for vaccination through communication and social mobilization campaigns. Approximately 60% of GPEIâ€™s annual budget is invested directly in the three endemic countries â€“ Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria â€“ and to protect the gains in seven additional countries deemed at high risk for outbreak.