Planning a Post-Polio Future
December 6, 2016
The United States has been a top financial and technical supporter of global polio eradication for more than 30 years. In addition to polio-related activities, U.S. funding for eradication supports surveillance, immunization delivery, laboratories, and response capabilities that aid prevention and control of a variety of diseases in countries with the weakest health systems. Preventing and controlling diseases before they become major national and international threats serves U.S. interests since it both helps promote stability in fragile countries and contains health threats before they reach U.S. borders.
As global polio eradication grows nearer, U.S. leaders will be under increasing pressure to plan the transition of the $228 million a year now earmarked for the program. Developing a concrete future for U.S. polio assets that is clearly communicated to government agencies, Congress, polio program stakeholders, and partner countries is the best way to transition valuable polio assets to sustained capacities that will continue to deliver health benefits and protect Americans from infectious disease.
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