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Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (Fifteenth Report: December 2017)

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This is the 15th report produced by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). A separate independent monitoring board (the Transition Independent Monitoring Board, TIMB) reviews progress with the task of planning and implementing measures necessary to secure a completely polio-free world. It also examines actions aimed at ensuring successful transfer of polio assets, innovations developed and lessons learned to countries’ public health programmes and other global health priorities. The TIMB’s second report will be published shortly.

The IMB’s evaluative judgements focus on objective one of the GPEI Strategic Plan 2013-2018: “Stop all wild polio virus transmission by the end of 2014 and new vaccine-derived polio virus outbreaks within 120 days of con rmation of the rst case”. The 2014 date for interrupting wild poliovirus transmission was (by implication) modi ed when the Polio Oversight Board meeting endorsed an “intermediate” scenario whereby global transmission would be interrupted by the end of 2016. The Polio Oversight Board also reviewed a scenario whereby transmission would be interrupted by the end of 2017. This was rejected as “pessimistic”.

This 15th report of the IMB follows a meeting in late October and early November 2017 with GPEI staff, donors, extended partners, together with health ministers and of cials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.