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Realizing a Polio-Free World: Sustaining U.S. Support for Global Polio Eradication

July 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies

July 10
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
2nd Floor Conference Center
Center for Strategic & International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC


(This event will be webcast)

National governments and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are edging toward global polio eradication, focusing attention and resources on the few remaining areas where the wild virus continues to circulate. Meanwhile, the global health community is prioritizing eradication while also preparing to sustain valuable immunization and disease surveillance tools developed during the initiative. The CSIS Global Health Policy Center, a major focal point for Washington discussions on polio eradication, is hosting an international conference that will highlight the role the U.S. is playing in the global effort and how that will evolve as eradication is achieved. Stay tuned for more information on speakers and registration.

Opening Remarks: J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, CSIS Global Health Policy Center

Opening Keynote Presentation: Sen. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

Introduced by: Dr. John J. Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS

Panel 1: U.S. Contributions to Achieving and Sustaining Eradication

1) Irene Koek, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
2) Dr. W. William Schluter, Director, Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Moderated by: Lori Sloate, Senior Director, Global Health, United Nations Foundation

Video Message: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

Panel 2: GPEI Approaches for Reaching Mobile, Refugee, and Migrant Populations

1) Ahmed Arale, Secretariat Director for Kenya-Somalia, CORE Group Program
2) Andrew Etsano, Immunization Adviser, Health in Complex Setting Unit, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
3) John Vertefeuille, Polio Eradication Branch Chief and Incident Manager, Polio Emergency Response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Moderated by: Nellie Bristol, Senior Fellow, CSIS Global Health Policy Center

Video Message: Dr. Christopher Elias, President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Closing Keynote Presentation: Dr. Robert Redfield, Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Introduced by: Mike McGovern, International PolioPlus Committee Chair, Rotary International

Closing Remarks and launch of a new CSIS web product: Building Global Health Capacity through Polio Eradication: Nellie Bristol, Senior Fellow, CSIS Global Health Policy Center


July 10, 2018
9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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