U.S., OIC forge partnership to eradicate polio

July 29, 2009

The United States and the Jeddah-based Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) have joined together in an effort to establish and support a global initiative to eradicate polio. An American delegation, comprised of representatives from the diplomatic corps, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services, and USAID, met with IOC officials at the organization’s headquarters in Jeddah on July 26. The two sides discussed strategies for supporting the polio eradication initiative announced by U.S. President Barack Obama during his address to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 4. The officials agreed that in-depth studies and discussions will be necessary to follow-up on the original proposal. According to an OIC press release issued yesterday, the U.S. and the OIC agreed to continue coordinating their efforts in specified areas, such as advocacy, fund-raising and technical support.

The OIC has long played an active role in international efforts to eradicate polio.