Polio Eradication and Current Transitions in Global Health

The Global Health Centre (GHC) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the Norwegian think tank Agenda, in association with the Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo (CGH/UiO), would like to cordially invite you to a high-level policy dialogue on 12 September 2019 from 09:00 to 10.30 (breakfast is served from 08:30-09:00).

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- Aksel Jakobsen - State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

- Jay Wenger - Director, Polio Eradication, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

- Sona Bari - Manager, External Relations, Polo Eradication Programme, WHO

- Sigrun Møgedal - Special Adviser, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

- Stephen Matlin - Senior Fellow, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute

Moderator: Sigrun Aasland, Policy Director, Agenda

The world has made enormous progress when it comes to polio, but the task is not yet completed. The Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023 was launched on April 30th 2019 to guide the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and its partners in overcoming the final hurdles to eradication, and to sustain a polio-free future. However, the polio landscape has changed and the disease will not be eradicated by 2023 if current trend lines mirror the development we have seen during the last three decades.

With this breakfast seminar, we aim to raise awareness and enhance the understanding of current issues in the context of polio eradication and transition. The event will raise the latest updates on the polio eradication efforts, the political challenges, and the actions required in the future to ensure a polio-free world. The goal is to discuss the way forward in supporting polio eradication globally, and Norway’s role in this effort.

Questions to be raised at the event: What are the obstacles and opportunities in moving forward in eradicating polio? How do we overcome political, governance and security as well as technical, organizational, and financial challenges; and what not to do in the future as well as what should be done, if past mistakes are to be avoided? What can we learn from the lessons made in order to reach universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals?


The seminar is support by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Published Aug. 28, 2019 9:26 AM - Last modified Sep. 27, 2019 2:09 PM