Catalyzing Health Gains through Global Polio Eradication
An India Trip Report
July 19, 2016
India is using tools developed for global polio eradication to increase broader immunization rates, enhance disease surveillance, and improve health communications in underserved areas. A CSIS delegation examined India’s efforts and concluded that the polio program’s assets offer a unique, time-limited opportunity to create lasting health system improvements that will not only benefit Indians but also increase global health security. For that goal to be achieved, however, the U.S. government would need to urge and participate in a more comprehensive polio transition planning process and ensure continued funding for polio eradication efforts until global certification is achieved.
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