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CSIS Blog Examines GPEI Polio Eradication Plan

In a video analysis, the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) “Smart Global Health” blog examines the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI) six-year Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan released this year, noting, “The strategy outlines steps to end polio transmission, help improve childhood immunization programs, and begin a worldwide polio vaccine transition.” However, the blog adds, “[w]hile the plan is considered to be a solid approach to eradicating poliovirus, the initiative faces a variety of obstacles including deadly violence aimed at health workers in several of the remaining endemic countries, new outbreaks in previously polio-free areas, and continued difficulties reaching all children with vaccines” (6/28).