Global Health Experts Discuss How Applying Lessons From GPEI Could Help Strengthen Health Systems

BMJ Opinion: Building health security into health systems: one legacy of polio eradication that must not be lost
Stephen A. Matlin, senior fellow at the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; Judith Diment, coordinator for the Advocacy Task Force on Polio Eradication at Rotary International; and David L. Heymann, head and senior fellow at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, discuss how applying lessons from the experiences of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) could help strengthen health systems and achieve universal health coverage (UHC). The authors write, “As the GPEI plans for the future, it has become increasingly clear that ‘finishing the job’ must mean not only certifying that the last case of polio in a human being has been seen, but that the assets of polio eradication and the knowledge gained are put to good use for the benefit of health everywhere. Stronger health security and accelerated movement towards UHC are the prizes to be won” (12/12).