For over three decades, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has funded the global polio
eradication program. Somalia is one of the countries whose polio program depends exclusively
on the GPEI. GPEI-funded activities in Somalia extend beyond the scope of polio eradication and
include routine immunization, disease surveillance, social mobilization, and vaccine delivery.
As the world approaches polio eradication, GPEI resources are progressively declining and will
cease completely once global eradication is achieved. To ensure a smooth transition away from
GPEI funding Somalia needs to sustain their national polio and immunization programs through
other resources. This report, which was funded by a grant from the United Nations
Foundation (UNF) to IFRC, describes an assessment of polio transition carried out in 2019.
Publication date: 01/01/2020
Document status: Final