The global effort to eradicate polio is the largest public health initiative in history. The initiative was established in 1988 by the World Health Assembly (WHA) with the goal of eradicating polio by the year 2000 while strengthening capacity to control other major childhood diseases. At the 130th Session of the Executive Board (EB) of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in January 2012, delegates recognized the progress made to date on the three-year Program of Work on polio eradication initiative and called for additional human resources to assist with country level efforts. To fill the request for more staff for the field, the STOP program has expanded its assignments from 3 to 5 month assignments starting with the team being trained in June 2012. To obtain more information and to get updates about the progress of the initiative worldwide, please visit the Global Polio Eradication Initiativewebsite.
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