MEI Lead Seminar: Dr. Peter Bloland

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

amfAR Conference Room - Mission Hall 3700

Unambiguous and Uncompromising: Current status of polio eradication, measles & rubella elimination, and lessons they might hold for other eradication or elimination programs

After almost 30 years of effort, the world is on the verge of eradicating polio. There has been >99% reduction in cases since the establishment of the global eradication initiative leading to fewer cases of polio occurring in fewer locations today than ever before in history. In contrast to polio eradication and in spite of achieving remarkable initial success, progress towards elimination of measles and rubella has stagnated over the last decade.  This talk will review the current status of the polio eradication and measles/rubella elimination initiatives, highlighting notable successes and ongoing challenges, and consider lessons those efforts might hold for other disease eradication or elimination programs.

Dr. Peter Bloland

Dr Bloland is the Chief of the Strategic Information and Workforce Development Branch, Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health, at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr Bloland has been with CDC for 28 years and has served in a variety of scientific and leadership positions.

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