|Meeting of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)|
Meeting of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 30 June - 1 July 2011
The IMB reaffirmed its view that polio eradication can be achieved, but stated 'this will not happen if things continue as they are'. Paragraph 2 of the Executive Summary summarizes the IMB's specific concerns. The IMB also expresses serious concern at the ongoing global funding gap, calling it 'deadly serious'.
The IMB also highlight the following 7 'important positive signs' which if achieved by end-2011 would, in the IMB's estimation, affirm that the programme is back on track to interrupt all polio transmission by end-2012:
1) no recurrence of cases in India by end-2011,
The full list of the IMB's recommendations to polio-affected countries and the GPEI is contained in pages 25 and 26 of the report. The GPEI welcomes the findings and recommendations of the IMB, and takes the report extremely seriously. Within two weeks, it is expected that the leaders of the GPEI spearheading partner agencies - WHO, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF - and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hold a conference call to define specific actions each can take to intensify support to countries' eradication efforts and ensure the recommendations made by the IMB are closely monitored. The IMB was established in 2010 at the request of the Executive Board of WHO and the World Health Assembly, to monitor progress against the milestones of the GPEI Strategic Plan 2010-2012.
Source: Polio global eradication initiative: http://www.polioeradication.org/
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