Tuesday 06 November 2018, 13:00 - 16:30

The Global Health Post-Polio Transition in the Context of the SDGs

Organised with the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformations

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm

Sweden’s engagement in global health is framed within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promotes equitable healthy lives and well-being for all, create the societal conditions for good health on equal terms, contribute to effective, sustainable and resilient health systems and prepare for and build capacity to detect and manage outbreaks.

With only 22 cases occurring in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2017, polio eradication is imminent, having major implications beyond the creation of the global public good of ending a disease in human beings for only the second time in history. The challenge and opportunity now arises from the fact that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has built up tremendous ‘polio assets’. These include laboratories, skilled human resources, managerial and technical systems and empowered groups and individuals, including women, at community levels.

The GPEI has been the most extensive global health initiative in history. The completion of polio eradication has broad implications for global health – including on how best to preserve and use the polio assets and more globally on the future financing of WHO.

This meeting aims to raise awareness, stimulate debate and catalyse engagement among global health stakeholders in Sweden on the post-polio transition within the context of the SDGs.
The specific objectives of the meeting are:

  • To clarify the meaning of the “transitioning of polio assets” in the context of the SDGs, in particular SDG 3 and health system strengthening, universal health coverage and addressing non-communicable diseases.
  • To discuss the relevance and national ownership in countries with Swedish ODA, particularly in fragile states. ?
  • To explore the consequences globally of the post-polio transition, including the implications for multilateral support and the impact on WHO.

The meeting invitees will include representatives of Sida, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Public Health Agency, the National Board of Health and Welfare, as well as members of the Swedish Parliament, academia and NGOs / civil society, the WHO, and other donor countries. The meeting will be held in a workshop format to maximise input from all key stakeholders present at the meeting.

Please save the date and join us at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on 6 November 2018 afternoon for this important event. Further information will be provided in due course.