Dr. Senjuti Saha of the Child Health Research Foundation has been appointed to serve on the Polio Transition Independent Monitoring Board (TIMB), created by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to monitor and guide the process of polio transition planning. This is the first time a Bangladeshi has been appointed to this position.
Dr. Saha, along with other members of the board, will advise the World Health Organization (WHO) at Director-General level on progress on the polio transition process. This process is primarily concerned with how countries around the world will sustain the public health infrastructure- particularly essential immunization, wider communicable disease surveillance, emergency response-once polio money which has been used for years or decades to pay for non-polio activity is withdrawn. The WHO is implementing a plan for polio transition approved by the World Health Assembly in May 2018.
This board is chaired by Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.
A total of three board members have been appointed this year. The two other board members, in addition to Dr. Senjuti Saha, are Prof. Sheila Leatherman of the USA and Dr. Lola Dare of Nigeria. Sheila Leatherman is a Global Health Policy at the Gillings School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina. Lola Dare is a community physician, epidemiologist, global health practitioner, development consultant, social entrepreneur, and health advocate of over 30 years.