(Full publication forthcoming shortly)The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is financed by a wide range of public and private donors, who help meet the costs of the Initiative’s eradication activities. The requirements for 2013-18 are projected to be approximately US$ 5.5 billion.The Financial Resource Requirements series (FRR) provides an overview of the external funding – required and currently available – to finance activities planned by the GPEI for the 2013-2018 period to eradicate all remaining polio disease – due to both wild and vaccine-related polioviruses and prepare for the post-eradication era in keeping with the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 (the Plan). The 2014 GPEI budget estimates (as of 1 February) for core costs, planned and complementary supplementary immunization activities, surveillance, emergency response and certification/containment is US$ 1.033 billion. For the period 2013-2018, the GPEI has received US$ 1.83 billion in contributions and is tracking US$ 3.13 billion in pledges/projections, which if fully realized would result in a funding gap of US$ 563 million. 2013-2018: Summary table of external resource requirements by major category of activity. Interruption of wild and vaccine-derived polioviruses requires the raising of population immunity in the three remaining endemic countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria), in re-infected countries and in high-risk areas prone to outbreaks and re-importations to sufficiently high-enough levels to stop transmission. This is done in part through intensified supplemental immunization activities (SIAs). The costs of the programme are directly related to the number and quality of vaccination campaigns as well as the level of technical assistance required. In addition to SIA-related costs, there are also surveillance and laboratory costs. The budgets that underpin the FRR are prepared jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the national governments. The external funds to finance the activities primarily flow through WHO and UNICEF. The FRR provides details of the current year and an overview of subsequent years. It is updated regularly, based on evolving epidemiology and available funding. 2014: Calendar of planned activities and the corresponding budget details are provided below.
Calendar of Supplementary Immunization Activities, 2014
Endemic Countries: Details of external funding requirements for 2014-2016
On 25 April 2013 at the Global Vaccine Summit, global leaders, donor nations and polio-affected countries pledged over US$ 4 billion towards the Strategic Plan’s US$ 5.5 billion six year budget. Since then, the GPEI has continued to work with partners to convert the pledges into signed agreements and cash disbursements and to secure the remaining US$ 1.5 billion in additional resources. As of 1 February 2014, US$ 1.5 billion has been operationalized through signed agreements and/or cash payments against funds committed at the Summit. In 2013, the GPEI received US$ 1.1 billion in contributions.
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