Global Polio Eradication Initiative progress

22 May 2018

Article: 52/2004

Four additional countries in the WHO European Region have successfully added the inactivated poliomyelitis (polio) vaccine (IPV) to their routine immunization schedules this year.

With support from Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Moldova, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have all introduced IPV this year. Tajikistan plans to introduce IPV in June.

This progress means that IPV will now be routinely offered to children in every member state in the region, as prescribed in the global Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013–2018 (for further information on the international spread of polio, see current note 52/1907). 

Source: WHO Europe, 14 May 2018