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  1. Global Immunization Newsletter
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  3. Wednesday, 02 November 2022

Environmental Surveillance Officers undertake poliovirus surveillance in Khartoum, Sudan, January 2021. In Sudan, transition efforts are focused on expanding the scope of work undertaken by personnel to better meet the needs of populations.  (Credit: WHO/Sudan)A significant change in the polio eradication and broader global health landscape is the Mid-term evaluation of the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan on Polio Transition (2018 - 2023). The evaluationprovides recommendations to support polio transition stakeholders to strengthen health systems, boost essential immunization coverage and maintain responsive surveillance.

The polio transition process aims to repurpose the network and infrastructure developed over the 30+ years of eradication efforts, to support national health priorities and maintain a polio-free world.

WHO’s management response to the evaluation, published in September 2022, lays out a roadmap for polio transition efforts from 2023 and beyond, in collaboration with national governments and partners. The response objectives are aligned with the IA2030 and other key agendas, reflecting the value of transitioned essential functions to ensure strong surveillance and immunization systems.  

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