World Polio Day: Seminar marks 30th anniversary of joint polio-eradication efforts

24 October 2018

World Polio Day is 24 October. This year, WHO/Europe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Rotary International are joining hands to host a special seminar to mark the 30th anniversary of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

The seminar, “Eradicating polio: together we are making history”, will be streamed live from WHO/Europe in Copenhagen starting at 12:00 Central European Time (CET) on Wednesday, 24 October.

2018 marks 30 years since the GPEI was established to lead the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. Thanks to this historic collaboration, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9%. Huge efforts are ongoing in the European Region as elsewhere to sustain this progress while also
pushing to reach every last child in the remaining endemic areas. At the same time, vital steps are underway to prepare for poliovirus containment in a post-polio world.

To commemorate World Polio Day, GPEI partners – Rotary International, UNICEF and WHO/Europe – will highlight GPEI’s work and answer questions about how polio eradication can be achieved and what this means for the Region and the world.

Live webstreaming, 24 October, 12.00 CET:
Questions during the event can be submitted via Twitter @WHO_Europe_VPI