Global Health Centre
GHC Polio Event - Speakers

Polio Eradication and Current Transitions in Global Health

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Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo

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The Global Health Centre, the Norwegian think tank Agenda and the Centre for Global Health (University of Oslo) are organising a high-level policy dialogue on 12 September 2019 in Oslo.

During the last decades, the world has made enormous progress towards a polio-free future but actions and efforts are still required to overcome the final hurdles to polio eradication. The polio landscape has changed and current trend lines need to be improved in order to eradicate the disease by 2023.

The aim of this breakfast seminar is to raise awareness and enhance the understanding of current issues in the context of polio eradication and transition. The event will present the latest updates on polio eradication efforts, political challenges and actions required in the future to ensure a polio-free world. This dialogue will explore a way forward in supporting polio eradication globally and present Norway’s role in this effort.



  • Aksel Jakobsen: State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Jay Wenger: Director, Polio Eradication, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sona Bari: Manager, External Relations, Polio Eradication Programme, WHO
  • Sigrun Møgedal: Special Adviser, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Stephen Matlin: Senior Fellow, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute
  • Moderator: Sigrun Aasland, Policy Director, Agenda

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