Global polio eradication initiative may save US $40-50 billion

The global initiative to eradicate polio could provide net benefits of at least US $40-50 billion if transmission of wild polioviruses is interrupted within the next five years, according to a new study.The study has provided the first rigorous uation of the benefits and costs of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)-the single largest project ever undertaken by the global health community.The study, ‘Economic Analysis of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative,’ considers investments made since the GPEI was formed in 1988 and those anticipated through 2035.The study also reported that ‘add-on’ GPEI efforts improve health benefits and lead to even greater economic gains during the same time period.The findings are published in the journal Vaccine.
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