"CGPP has consistently promoted and championed the inclusion and contributions of civil society to global polio eradication – by engaging with local communities and their leaders, and by using community mobilizers to reach every home to register newborns, identify unimmunized children, raise awareness about AFP surveillance, and promote immunizations."
The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) invites front-line practitioners, non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, academics, researchers, and others to author scholarly research articles documenting the contributions of NGOs/civil society and CGPP member NGOs to polio eradication. The purpose of the publication of 10 such articles in a peer-reviewed, open-access journal to is to share critical lessons learned in the past 18 years, highlight successes, and promote the tools, strategies, and innovations developed by CGPP that have relevance for control of other important diseases.
Established in 1999 with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), CGPP supports the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 6 countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan. Activities are implemented by individual US-based private voluntary organisations (PVOs) and local NGOs and overseen at the country level by a national CORE Group Secretariat. CGPP collaborates at the national level with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and with the GPEI partners: the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the BMGF.
A thread running throughout its work and collaborations is CGPP's consistent support of the inclusion and contributions of civil society to global polio eradication. In that vein, the following broad topics are proposed: use of community mobilisers for social mobilisation to promote health messages, campaign participation, routine immunisation, and acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case detection; use of community-based AFP surveillance; use of community mobilisers to register births and pregnancies; use of cross-border collaboration activities; development and use of outbreak response plans; and transition of polio assets, including staff, and community-based programmatic approaches into future health development efforts.
Applicants should present a 2-page proposal detailing the main objective of the paper, research methods to be used, available data for analysis, and a brief biography. All proposals and papers must be submitted in English. Applicants must adhere to the journal standards, requirements, and deadlines (CGPP staff will provide guidance to achieve the objective of the open-access publication). A grant of US$1,500 will be awarded to each author selected for participation who submits a paper satisfactory for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
Applications are due no later than 5 pm ET (Washington, DC, US time), Friday, March 17. Inquiries and proposals may be sent to Dr. Henry Perry, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and GCPP Technical Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Lydia Bologna at email@example.com
Applicants will be notified of their status by April 7; final manuscripts are due by July 14 2017.
Email from Lydia Bologna to The Communication Initiative on February 9 2017. Image caption/credit: Child mobilisers from Muzaffarnagar District, Uttar Pradesh, formed by PCI/CGPP. By PCI (Project Concern International) Global