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CDC’s Role in the Race to the Finish

Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners

Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners from WHO, CDC, Rotary International, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and UNICEF.

In the final push toward global polio eradication, CDC will continue its close teamwork with our partners at WHO, UNICEF, Rotary, and the Gates Foundation to ensure a coordinated global and country-level response.

CDC’s scale-up of polio eradication activities will include:

  • Providing technical assistance for outbreak response, surveillance reviews, and vaccination campaign planning and monitoring;
  • Advancing efforts to strengthen immunization infrastructure in key areas related to polio eradication;
  • Supporting efforts to strengthen management capacity;
  • Actively seeking out, evaluating, and scaling up effective innovations to identify and vaccinate children;
  • Reinforcing CDC country offices resources, and increasing in-country planning and coordination; and
  • Facilitating partner engagement and enhanced support for countries most threatened by pervasive or recurrent polio outbreaks.

CDC’s partnership in this important eradication effort is part of working 24/7 to keep America safe and secure from health threats, foreign or domestic. CDC is the U.S. health protection agency saving lives, protecting people, and saving money through prevention. This effort continues the fight begun in CDC’s early years to rid the world of polio and sustains the ideal of a world forever free from this deadly and crippling disease.