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Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)

Should the world strive for polio eradication or control? Watch Olakunle Alonge review the role of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. (Step 1.6)

Olakunle Alonge, MD, MPH, PhD Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA

The lecturer states:

“The question is, why was the goal for polio to eradicate and not control? It’s a debate that we keep having, even as of today, because many with hindsight, given the protractedness of trying to actually win the eradication goal, have really looked back and wondered whether eradication was indeed the right call as far back as in 1988.”

Reflect on this and consider:

  • Should the goal for polio have been to eradicate or control?
  • Should we consider eradication for other disease programs today, or only strive for control?
  • What are the implications of the goal of eradication in terms of data–does choosing eradication change the quality or type of the data you would need to collect?

Post your thoughts in the discussion forum.

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