The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) assesses progress towards the attainment of a polio-free world. The IMB convenes on a quarterly basis (beginning in December 2010) to independently evaluate progress towards each of the major milestones of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategic Plan 2010-2012 as 'on track', 'at risk' or 'missed', on the basis of polio epidemiology, poliovirus virology, standard performance indicators and other programme data. Additionally, the IMB provides assessments of the risks posed by existing funding gaps.
The IMB is comprised of global experts from a variety of fields relevant to the work of the GPEI, and was established at the request of the Executive Board (EB) and the World Health Assembly (WHA). Reports from the group's quarterly meetings go directly to the heads of the spearheading partner agencies - the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF - and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and are public shortly afterwards.
Below are the IMB’s published reports to date.