As polio approaches elimination, transition poses risk

by Adva Saldinger
Devex, 13 June 2017

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As donors gear up for a final push to eradicate polio, the aid community is beginning to consider what elimination would mean for global health. Many countries’ health systems have been built or strengthened around efforts to end the disease. What happens when polio, and the billions of donor funding it garners, are gone? Advocates and international organizations now believe the transition to a post-polio world will be a pivotal, make-or-break moment for public health. A number of efforts are underway to plan for it now, including the World Health Organization’s recent polio transition planning document, launched at the World Health Assembly last month.

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