$6M for polio eradication

THE Australian government says it will provide a further $A6 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to support Papua New Guinea’s response to the current polio outbreak.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 14 October 2018
  • 13:45
  • News
$6M for polio eradication

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In June this year, PNG declared a national public health emergency in response to confirmed cases of polio virus.
The PNG government, along with key partners including GPEI, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have developed an outbreak response plan that includes mass vaccination rounds.
Australia's contribution to GPEI will support the delivery of PNG's polio response plan.
"Routine immunisation remains the most effective prevention for highly infectious diseases including polio. The Australian government is committed to the vital work of global polio eradication and has contributed $104 million to support the work of GPEI since 2011," Australia's Foreign Affairs Department said.


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