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Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013–2018

The Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013–2018 (see below) is a comprehensive, long-term strategy that addresses what is needed to deliver a polio-free world by 2018.
The plan was developed by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in consultation with national health authorities, global health initiatives, scientific experts, donors and other stakeholders, in response to a directive of the World Health Assembly.


A mid-term review was conducted for the plan in mid-2015. Working in some of the most difficult environments in the world has presented major challenges to reaching children with vaccines. The review concluded that while the strategic plan remains a strong framework for ending polio, there is an urgent need to re-focus certain priorities and activities. This includes strengthening surveillance, improving the quality of immunization campaigns and building capacity to respond to outbreaks. Based on these recommendations, the review also evaluated the deadline for eradication, and any resulting financial implications. Polio Eradication & Endgame Midterm Review July 2015 [pdf] 


The Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 addresses the eradication of all polio disease, whether caused by wild poliovirus or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, while planning for the backbone of the polio effort to be used for delivering other health services to the world’s most vulnerable children.

The Plan has four objectives.

 Detect and interrupt all poliovirus transmission 

 Strengthen immunization systems and withdraw oral polio vaccine More

 Contain poliovirus and certify interruption of transmission

 Plan polio’s legacy More [pdf] 

Fact File [pdf] in English ¦ Arabic

Read the Executive Summary [pdf] in English ¦ French ¦ Arabic ¦ Russian ¦ Chinese  ¦ Spanish

Polio Eradication & Endgame Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018   Plan Stratégique pour l'éradication de la poliomyélite et la phase finale 2013 - 2018

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Executive Summary Résumé d’orientation
Statement of intent Déclaration d’intention
Background Contexte
Overview Aperçu
Context Contexte
Objective 1: Poliovirus detection and interruption Objectif 1 : Détection du poliovirus et interruption de sa transmission
Objective 2: Immunization systems strengthening and OPV withdrawal Objectif 2 : Renforcement des systèmes de vaccination et retrait du VPO
US format [pdf] Objective 3: Containment and certification Objectif 3 : Confinement et certification
A4 format [pdf]      Objective 4: Legacy planning Objectif 4 : Planification de la transmission des acquis
    Risks, risk mitigations and contingency planning Risques, atténuation des risques et plans d’urgence
Enabling functions Fonctions d’appui
Governance, monitoring, oversight and management Gouvernance, suivi, supervision et gestion
Monitoring Suivi
Annex A: Endemic country SIA quality specifics Annexe A : Qualité des AVS dans les pays d’endémie
Annex B: Monitoring Framework 2013-2018 Annexe B : Cadre de supervision de haut niveau 2013-2018


Read the Financial Resource Requirements 2013-2018 [pdf] (as of 1 February 2014)

The economic case for eradicating polio [pdf]