Meeting on introduction of inactivated polio vaccine in routine immunization programmes

13–15 August 2014, Istanbul, Turkey 

The WHO/Europe Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization Programme will host a meeting for select Member States to provide technical assistance in planning for the introduction of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into national routine immunization schedules. Introduction of IPV is an essential step in the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013–2018 developed by WHO and partners through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The aims of the meeting are to: 

  • brief countries on the status of IPV introduction in the European Region;
  • review the IPV introduction process in select countries in the Region;
  • discuss with countries availability of GAVI Alliance and UNICEF support for IPV introduction;
  • help countries write/refine detailed IPV introduction plans and review applications for GAVI support, as needed;
  • discuss with countries additional support and further steps needed to prepare for IPV introduction, communications, cold chain, logistics, and timeframe for support

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the national immunization programmes of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of the GAVI Alliance, the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, United Nations Children’s Fund and WHO headquarters.