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Polio Eradication

"As an international community, we have few opportunities to do something that is unquestionably good for every country and every child, in perpetuity. Polio eradication is one of these opportunities.” -Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO

The CSIS Global Health Policy Center provides a critical examination of U.S. and international approaches to global poliovirus eradication. Spearheaded by Nellie Bristol, this series offers expert analysis of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s past successes, remaining challenges, and future opportunities in its effort to make polio only the second human disease ever to be eradicated worldwide.

This page features links to full-length reports and shorter commentaries, each of which is written for a non-technical audience and explores a particular facet of the global eradication effort. Topics include how existing U.S. polio assets overseas could be repurposed for other global health priorities as countries become polio free; unique challenges faced by Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria as the last countries to interrupt polio transmission, and; the specific role of U.S. actors—both within and outside the government—in global polio eradication efforts.